Israeli settlers slashed the tyres of several Palestinian-owned vehicles and sprayed anti-Arab graffiti on walls and vehicles in the Beit Hanina neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem today.
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 spraying racist graffiti on walls in the area.
Sources pointed out that the anti-Arab slogans called for the death of Palestinians and their eviction from their lands.
Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israelis who commit violent acts against Palestinians.
The Israeli NGO B’Tselem reported that Israeli settlers’ vandalism in the occupied West Bank is a daily occurance 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.”