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Israeli settlers puncture tires, spray racist anti-Arab graffiti in Nablus-area village

June 28, 2018 1:41 P.M. (Updated: June 29, 2018 12:30 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers damaged several Palestinian vehicles and vandalized a structure in a Nablus-area village in the northern occupied West Bank on Thursday dawn.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli settlers coming from the illegal Yitzhar settlement punctures the tires of several vehicles in northern Urif village in southern Nablus.

Daghlas identified two owners of punctures vehicles as Ghaleb Radwan Ahmad Amer, 59, and his son Mahmoud, 25, whose house is only one kilometer away from the Yitzhar settlement.

Israeli settlers also sprayed racist anti-Arab graffiti on the walls of a structure belonging to another Palestinian in the village.

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, extremis 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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