Tires slashed, hate slogans graffitied in latest attack on Palestinian village
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Tires slashed, hate slogans graffitied in latest attack on Palestinian village

10 cars targeted in West Bank’s 14th apparent hate crime this month; ‘Wreak vengeance upon the nations’ found spray-painted on walls of town

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Grafitti found on the walls of the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya on April 29, 2018. (Yesh Din)
Grafitti found on the walls of the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya on April 29, 2018. (Yesh Din)

The tires of 10 vehicles were slashed and Hebrew hate slogans were spray-painted on the walls of the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya on Sunday, in the 14th apparent hate crime in the West Bank this month.

Photos from the Yesh Din rights group showed the phrase “Wreak vengeance upon the nations,” from the biblical book of Psalms, vandalizing a stone barrier surrounding a home in the central West Bank town, just south of the Israeli settlement of Shiloh.

Also found spray-painted throughout the village were the phrases “Let us take care of them” and “We’ll take our fate into our own hands,” slogans commonly used in the latest spate of apparent hate crimes.

Police said they had received reports of the attack and were preparing to enter the village.

A car in the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya, the tires of which were slashed in an apparent hate crime, April 29, 2018. (Yesh Din)

The incident followed similar ones in the northern West Bank Palestinian village of Urif on Friday and Saturday, where 15 olive trees were chopped down, Hebrew hate slogans were spray-painted, and tires were slashed.

Among the graffiti at the scene were “Fight the enemy” and “Price tag” — the latter a term used by perpetrators to describe the attacks, which they say are in retaliation for Palestinian violence or government policies perceived as hostile to the settler movement.

The attack in Turmus Ayya brought the total of such hate crimes against Palestinians in the West Bank this month to 14, including offenses that took place in Deir Ammar, JaludRamun, Beit Iksa, Burqa, Burin, As-Sawiya and Luban a-Sharqiya, Aqraba, and Fara’ata.

Police are investigating the various attacks, but no arrests have been reported.

Attacks have included the chopping down of dozens of olive trees, the torching of a mosque, stones thrown through car windows, and graffiti calling for the murder of Arabs.

Israeli settlers also suffered property damage on Wednesday in an attack that they blamed on Palestinians. Police said they had opened an investigation after some 150 grapevines in a vineyard belonging to a resident of the Jordan Valley settlement of Tomer were chopped down overnight.

Last week, the Shin Bet security service released statistics showing far-right hate crimes against Palestinians have increased significantly since the beginning of 2018.

A defense official told The Times of Israel that the security establishment views residents of the northern West Bank settlement of Yitzhar as primarily responsible for the recent uptick in such incidents.

The town of roughly 1,500 residents has become a “refuge for hilltop youth,” who have been involved in most of the so-called “price tag” attacks in the past year, the official said. The young activists are often referred to as such due to their practice of setting up illegal outposts on West Bank hilltops.

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