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Israeli settlers puncture 17 Palestinian vehicles near Bethlehem

March 21, 2019 1:12 P.M. (Updated: March 21, 2019 1:27 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers punctured 17 Palestinian-owned vehicles and sprayed racist graffiti on some in the Battir town west of southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, overnight Wednesday.

Journalist Mustafa Badr from Battir reported that Israeli settlers raided the town at 2:30 a.m., punctured vehicles and spray-painted the Star of David at some of the vehicles and at the entrance of the al-Rahman mosque.

Badr added that locals were shocked seeing the vandalism at 5:00 a.m. when baker Muhammad al-Batma was leaving his home to his bakery.

Israeli army and intelligence forces arrived to the scene to investigate.

The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and violent acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.

The majority of settler attacks committed against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such attacks.

Only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks result in a conviction, the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din reported.

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