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Israeli settlers vandalize Palestinian cars, homes in Jerusalem-area village

April 23, 2018 12:44 P.M. (Updated: April 24, 2018 3:21 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- A group of right-wing extremist Israeli settlers vandalized dozens of Palestinian-owned vehicles and spray painted racist anti-Arab graffiti on homes in the town of Beit Iksa, northwest of Jerusalem in the central occupied West Bank.

Locals told Ma’an that a group of settlers raided the village overnight, before dawn on Monday.

The settlers spray-painted anti-Arab slogans, threatening locals and calling on them to leave their homes.

The settlers reportedly damaged more than 20 vehicles and spray-painted slogans reading “death to Arabs” and “price tag.”

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Israeli news daily Haaretz reported that the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency, recently released data showing an uptick in anti-Palestinian hate crimes in the West Bank.

According to the report, the number of West Bank hate crimes in 2018 has already exceeded the total number in 2017.

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

Better known as "price tag" attacks, extremist Israeli settlers use violent acts of retribution on Palestinians and their property to demonstrate their opposition to Israeli restrictions on settlements and their outposts in the occupied West Bank.

In March 2017, 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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