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Settlers torch 2 Palestinian cars near Ramallah

March 5, 2015 11:13 A.M. (Updated: March 6, 2015 12:04 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Extremist Israeli settlers torched two vehicles in the Palestinian village of al-Mughayyir in the northeast Ramallah district overnight Wednesday.

Owners of the vehicles told Ma'an that they woke up before dawn to their car alarms, finding their cars torched while parked outside their homes. The attackers also spray-painted anti-Arab and racist graffiti in Hebrew.

Israeli police said that detectives went to the village to collect information, according to Israeli news sources.

Residents of al-Mughayyir told Ma'an they believed the attackers came from the illegal Israeli settler outpost of Adei Ad.

The graffiti in Hebrew included the expressions "Death to Arabs" and "Glory to the Jews" in addition to the notorious "Price Tag" slogan.

The vehicles belong to Jamal Jabir Abu Alyaa and Akram Kamal Naasan from al-Mughayyir.

"I woke up at 3:30 a.m. when my car alarm went off to find that it was set ablaze," Akram Naasan told Ma'an.

He highlighted that residents of al-Mughayyir had filed more than 70 complaints against Israeli settlers over arson, land theft and killing of horses at the Israeli police station of Benyamin, but that each time their response was "case closed due to lack of evidence or unknown perpetrator."

"We live in a remote area where neither Israeli police protects us, nor Palestinian police is allowed to intervene and protect us. Thus we should be allowed to carry firearms and I said that to Israeli police officers while I gave testimony," added Naasan.

"Price tag" attacks are routinely committed by Israeli settlers in retribution for perceived action by the Israeli government or other political actors against settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

"Price tag" attacks normally target Palestinians and tend to involve acts of vandalism against cars, mosques and churches, or olive groves, but also target anti-settlement activists and the Israeli army on occasion.

There were at least 329 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in 2014, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

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