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Racist, anti-Arab graffiti found among damaged Palestinian property in Nablus

Sept. 11, 2017 10:56 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 12, 2017 10:33 A.M.)
A Palestinian stands next to a graffiti reading in Hebrew "Revenge" in the West Bank village of Duma on July 31, 2015 (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Racist, "Anti-Arab" graffiti was founded spray-painted in Hebrew in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus overnight Sunday, according to an Israeli police spokesperson.

Luba al-Samri said the graffiti was found in the al-Mahjar area of Nablus, and that Palestinian property in the area also sustained minor damages.

Israeli police were investigating the incident, she said.

Attacks on Palestinians and their property by ultra-nationalist Israeli settlers is common in the occupied Palestinian territory. The UN reported last month that the first half of 2017 showed a major increase in such attacks, with 89 incidents being documented so far this year, representing an 88 percent increase compared to 2016. The attacks during this time period have led to the deaths of three Palestinians.

The majority of attacks took place in the Nablus district, which is a hot spot for settler violence and known for its ideologically extreme illegal Israeli settlements and outposts.

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity”for Israelis committing violent acts against Palestinians.

In March, Israeli NGO Yesh Din revealed that Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 percent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years.

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, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.
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