Police said Sunday that a number of vehicles were damaged and graffiti was spray-painted overnight on walls and cars in the Palestinian village of al-Mughayir in the central West Bank, as the uptick in suspected far-right hate crime continued.
Tires of vehicles were slashed, and slogans such as “Revenge,” “Price tag” and “Enough with administrative orders” were found sprayed on walls and cars.
“Price tag” is a slogan that has been used in recent years by far-right Israelis to justify their attacks on Palestinians. It refers to the attacks as ostensible retaliation for terror attacks and Israeli government actions deemed hostile to the settler movement.
Administrative orders, when used to prevent settler violence, can include detention, bans from entering the entire West Bank, and bans on contacting certain individuals, as well as nightly curfews.
Many so-called “hilltop youth” settlers have railed at the employment of administrative orders against activists suspected of committing attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank and non-Jews in Israel.
Administrative detention is also widely used against Palestinians, and has been criticized by many rights groups as it allows Israel to hold detainees for long periods of time without trial, access to a lawyer or even knowing what they are accused of.
Palestinians in two villages in the northern West Bank reported Friday morning that dozens of cars had been damaged overnight, along with graffiti that was spray-painted on various surfaces, in alleged extremist settler attacks.
In the village of Asira al-Qibliya, near Nablus, two Israeli men entered overnight and slashed the tires of some 12 cars, Palestinians told the Yesh Din rights groups. Vandals also spray-painted a Star of David alongside the slogan “Fight the enemy not the friend,” the group said.
In nearby Hawara, the tires of some 13 cars were slashed, and hate graffiti was daubed on the walls of a school, including the slogan “Evacuating Yitzhar = price tag.”
Yitzhar is a nearby settlement, some of whose residents have been linked to extremist attacks on Palestinians.
Palestinian residents of the Nablus region are the frequent targets of such attacks.
Separately, police opened an investigation Friday morning after the tires of several cars were slashed in East Jerusalem overnight.
Police said cars were damaged in two locations in what was being reported as a suspected anti-Arab hate crime.
A photograph from one scene also showed a truck graffitied with the words “No more Arab terrorism.”
Last Wednesday, Palestinian residents of Urif in the northern West Bank woke up to find a car torched and Hebrew graffiti spray-painted on the walls of a building.
Last month, a Palestinian mother of eight was killed when a rock the size of a large tissue box flew through the windshield of the car her husband was driving and struck the head of Aisha Rabi, who was sitting in the passenger seat.
Her husband has asserted that the stone was thrown by Israeli settlers, as he heard Hebrew being spoken. The Shin Bet and Israel Police have both opened probes into the incident, which remain under gag order.
However, The Times of Israel learned earlier this month that the growing conviction among defense officials was that the 47-year-old Rabi was killed in a terror attack perpetrated by Israelis.
Jacob Magid contributed to this report.