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Israeli settlers spray racist slogans in East Jerusalem neighborhood

April 1, 2019 9:57 A.M. (Updated: April 2, 2019 10:48 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers punctured the tires of several Palestinian-owned vehicles and spray anti-Arab graffiti on walls and vehicles in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, on Monday.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that a group of Israeli settlers broke the windows of a number of Palestinian-owned vehicles and spray painted anti-Arab slogans on them, in addition to racist graffiti on the walls of the neighborhood.

Sources pointed out that the anti-Arab slogans called for the death of Palestinians and eviction from their lands.

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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