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

Aug. 29, 2012 9:36 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2012 6:51 P.M.)
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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