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Israeli settlers vandalize vehicles, spray racist graffiti in Jerusalem

March 25, 2019 2:09 P.M. (Updated: March 26, 2019 1:53 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers vandalized and spray painted racist, anti-Arab slogans, on the walls and doors of a Palestinian-owned home, on Monday, on Mount Scopus, in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem.

Locals told Ma'an that they were surprised to find that Israeli settlers spray painted racist, anti-Arab slogans on the walls and doors of one of the homes.

Bassam Abu Leil, one of the owners of the vandalized vehicles, said that Israeli settlers punctured the tires of 28 Palestinian-owned vehicles.

Abu Leil mentioned that one of the slogans spray painted on the home read, “revenge,” and the Star of David was painted on vehicles.

The vandalized vehicles belong to four Palestinian families, which were identified as al-Abidi, Abu Leil, Shenk, and Odeh.

Abu Leil added that Israeli police arrived to the scene, took fingerprints and immediately removed all the graffiti.

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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