Wednesday, August 29

Settlers 'burn car, spray racist graffiti' in Ramallah village

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers set 
fire to a car and sprayed racist graffiti in
 a Ramallah village early Wednesday, locals said.

Hatem Abdul Latif told Ma'an that a number of 
settlers attempted to set fire to his brothers car,
 with the vehicle only partially igniting.

Settlers then sprayed racist graffiti on other 
vehicles and the walls of homes in al-Zira village,
 located by al-Jalazun 
refugee camp opposite the settlement of Beit El settlement.

"Death to Arabs" and other slogans were written in the neighborhood. 
Israeli police and army forces arrived at the scene to investigate the crime, 
Latif said.

On Tuesday, settlers set fire to three cars in the Hebron village of Sair, 
locals said.

On Sunday, Israeli police arrested three Israeli settlers, aged 12 to
 13, suspected of firebombing a Palestinian 
taxi near Hebron.

Extremist settlers have adopted what 
they call a "price tag" policy in which they
 attack Palestinians and their property in
 retaliation for Israeli government policies
 against settlements.

Over 500,000 Israeli settlers live in the occupied 
West Bank, including  East Jerusalem, in Jewish-only 
communities which Palestinians say threaten the viability of 
a promised Palestinian state.

Rights groups say settlers are rarely prosecuted 
by Israeli authorities for attacks against 
Palestinians, which take place frequently in the West Bank.

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