Jewish settlers attack, torch 20 Palestinian cars

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Palestinians villagers inspect a vehicle that was allegedly set ablaze by Israeli settlers in the West Bank village of Zbiedat near the city of Jericho on 29 May 2013 . (Photo: AFP - Abbas Moman)

Published Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Suspected Jewish extremists carried out a string of attacks against about 20 Palestinian cars in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, Israeli police and witnesses said on Wednesday.

"There have been 10 arson attempts against Palestinian cars in the West Bank on suspected nationalist grounds," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP, saying one car had been completely destroyed while the others were just damaged.

Four vehicles were set alight in Zbeidat and another four in Marj Naja, both of which are near Jericho, and another two in Rantis near Ramallah, she said.

Residents in Zbeidat and Marj Naja confirmed at least six vehicles including a bus and a tractor had been torched.

In the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, vandals slashed the tires of 10 cars and scrawled Hebrew graffiti in the same vein.

At the sites, the attackers had written slogans in Hebrew including: "Price tag" and "revenge" and "30 days since Eviatar, may God avenge him," Samri said.

The attacks appeared to be linked to the stabbing of a Jewish settler called Eviatar Borovsky who was killed by a knife-wielding Palestinian in the northern West Bank exactly 30 days ago.

Wednesday marked the official ending of the traditional mourning period.

Such incidents are commonly referred to as "price tag" attacks, a euphemism for hate crimes against Palestinians by Israeli extremists.

The attacks initially began in response to Israeli government moves to dismantle unauthorized settler outposts.

Settlers routinely attack Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli forces regularly turn a blind eye or even assist settler crimes.

According to figures compiled by Israeli group Yesh Din, nine out of 10 police investigations about settler crimes fail to lead to a prosecution.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)


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