Israeli police said Wednesday that some vehicles were damaged and Anti-Arab slogans were spray-painted in a Palestinian village in the West Bank in an apparent hate crime by extremist Jewish settlers.
The incident took place before dawn in the village of Yasuf, southwest of Nablus city in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Khaled Abeya, head of the village council, said that the perpetrators had entered the area before dawn, adding that “They slashed 14 cars and wrote a number of very serious slogans.”
Israeli settlers damage tires of Palestinian vechiles in Yasuf, east of Salfit, at dawn today. pic.twitter.com/DpJuNV1swS
— Palestinian Voices (@FalastinVoices) February 26, 2020
Jewish extremists have been known to perpetrate such attacks against Palestinians and their property, including olive trees, mosques, churches, and cemeteries. Thousands of these attacks have been reported over the past years, mostly in the West Bank.
Two weeks ago, 170 vehicles were vandalized and hate graffiti was spray-painted on the walls of a mosque in the Arab town of Jish in northern Israel.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
Israel: Israeli settlers carried out attacks in 5 Palestinian villages in the West Bank.Footage of 3 of the attacks was captured on security cameras. In the village of Yasuf, Salfit District,settlers threw stones at the home of a Palestinian family & vandalized the car.05-06-2019 pic.twitter.com/RXpv69gxGP
— Rowan Van Dijk (@Lastkombo) August 10, 2019
“Jewish settler violence should not be analyzed separately from the violence meted out by the Israeli army, but seen within the larger context of the violent Zionist ideology that governs Israeli society entirely,” wrote Palestinian journalist and editor of The Palestine Chronicle, Ramzy Baroud.
“Settler violence has long since become part of Palestinians’ daily life under occupation,” according to the Human Rights Group B’tselem. “Israeli security forces enable these actions, which result in Palestinians casualties – injuries and fatalities – as well as damage to land and property. In some cases, they even serve as an armed escort, or even join in the attacks.”
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.
(Palestine Chronicle, TeleSur, Social Media)