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Israeli settlers vandalize mosques, spray racist slogans near Bethlehem

Nov. 30, 2018 11:52 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 1, 2018 5:03 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers vandalized Palestinian-owned vehicles and spray painted racist, anti-Arab slogans, on Friday, in the al-Jabaa village, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem.

According to local sources, a large group of Israeli settlers raided the village and punctured the tires of a several Palestinian-owned vehicles.

Sources added that Israeli settlers spray painted racist, anti-Arab slogans on the neighborhood walls in the village and on many vehicles.

Israeli settlers also targeted mosques in the village and spray painted anti-Arab slogans on its walls and spray painted anti-Arab slogans on its walls, reading “We will take revenge” and “You have to leave.”

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.

The Israeli NGO B'Tselem reported that Israeli settlers' vandalism in the occupied West Bank is a daily routine and is fully backed by Israeli authorities.

B'Tselem said that "Israel benefits from the repercussions, as settler violence has gradually dispossessed Palestinians of more and more areas in the West Bank, paving the way for a state takeover of land and resources. This occurs because Palestinians avoid entering areas in which they have been attacked, usually close to settlements."

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