Settlers attempt to burn Palestinian car near Nablus

Residents chase arsonists away, but not before they scrawl offensive graffiti on wall

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Right-wing activists are suspected of trying to torch a car in the Palestinian village of Awarta and of scrawling offensive slogans on a wall.

Early Wednesday morning the activists poured flammable liquid on a vehicle in the village, located near Nablus. Residents caught the would-be arsonists in the act and chased them away, but not before they succeeded in daubing a wall with anti-Arab graffiti.

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The incident follows the torching of a door to a home in the village of Kafr Ata, on Tuesday, in what appeared to be a “price tag” act — vandalism and other attacks against Palestinians by settler and pro-settler extremists.

According to tradition, Awarta is the burial site of the biblical figure Eleazar Hacohen, the son of Aharon the high priest and nephew of Moses.

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