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Settlers accused of vandalism in Palestinian village near Jerusalem

Tires of over 20 vehicles slashed in Beit Iksa, while graffiti proclaims ‘Jerusalem is for Jews,’ ‘Get out of here,’ and ‘Die Muhammad’; police investigate

Screen capture of CCTV footage purportedly showing Israeli settlers vandalizing cars in the Palestinian village of Beit Iska, northwest of Jerusalem, November 3, 2022. (Twitter. Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Screen capture of CCTV footage purportedly showing Israeli settlers vandalizing cars in the Palestinian village of Beit Iska, northwest of Jerusalem, November 3, 2022. (Twitter. Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

The Israel Police opened an investigation Thursday after vehicles were damaged and hate slogans were graffitied on walls in the Palestinian village of Beit Iksa, northwest of Jerusalem.

Residents of the village said that Israel settlers arrived in the early morning and proceeded to spray graffiti and puncture the tires of 23 cars.

Slogans left behind included “Jerusalem is for Jews, kick out the intruders,” “Get out of here,” and “Die Muhammad.”

Anti-Palestinian vandalism by Jewish extremists is a common occurrence in the West Bank.

Locals claimed the incident was a so-called price tag attack, which settler extremists say are retaliation for Palestinian violence or government policies seen as hostile to their cause.

Video was published on social media purporting to be CCTV footage of the attack.

The incident came after a rights group said Monday that evidence of a hate crime was found in the Palestinian town of Turmus Ayya, south of the settlement of Shiloh in the central West Bank, with a number of vehicles vandalized.

According to Yesh Din, a left-wing group that documents settler violence in the West Bank, the tires on several cars were slashed and some windows were smashed. Images published by the group also showed the windows of a home damaged in the alleged attack.

The alleged vandalism came following several clashes between Jewish settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank in recent weeks.

Arrests of perpetrators of such attacks are exceedingly rare and rights groups lament that convictions are even more unusual, with the majority of charges in such cases being dropped.

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