Palestinian town vandalized by extremist Israeli settlers
Extremist Israeli settlers have vandalized vehicles in a Palestinian town in east of Tel Aviv before spraying racist graffiti on them.
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Ma'an News Agency, quoting local sources, reported on Sunday that more than 30 cars in Kafr Kassem had been targeted by a group of settlers.
“We will take revenge,” and “Death to Arabs;” the words were spray-painted on the walls of the neighborhood.
Palestinians say acts of vandalism and theft occur mainly on the land near Israeli settlements where extremists can have access only by coordinating with the Israeli military in advance.
In October, settlers were caught on camera vandalizing Palestinian farms in the occupied West Bank and stealing their olive harvest.
A Palestinian man and his three children suffered injuries on August 19, when a group of extremists violently pelted their car with stones in the northern West Bank.
The Israeli settlers who damage Palestinian property enjoy impunity, and those guilty rarely face the consequences of their actions.
The acts of vandalism and violence against Palestinians and their property as well as Islamic holy sites are better known as 'price tag' attacks.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank in 1967. Much of the international community considers the settler units illegal and subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.
Yousif Ideis, the Palestinian minister of endowment and religious affairs, said on Sunday that Israeli authorities had 47 times in November banned the Muslim call to prayer through loudspeakers at Ibrahimi Mosque in the heart of the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron).
Ibrahimi Mosque, which is revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims, has been the site of violent tensions between Israelis and Palestinians for decades.
The occupied Palestinian territories have particularly witnessed increased tensions ever since Israeli forces introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds in August 2015.