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Israeli settlers spray racist graffiti, puncture tires in Qalqiliya-area town

April 4, 2018 2:42 P.M. (Updated: April 5, 2018 2:23 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Extremist Israeli settlers from the illegal Havat Gilad settlement outpost, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya, raided the Palestinian town of Faraata on Wednesday, where they sprayed racist graffiti and punctured car tires.

Ultra-nationalist Israeli settlers from Havat Gilad raided the town before dawn on Wednesday and punctured the tires of five cars belonging to Palestinian residents of Faraata.

The settlers also sprayed racist, anti-Arab graffiti on cars and the walls of homes in the area.

Local activist Murad Ishteiwi told Ma’an “this assault comes under the frantic campaign of assaults carried out by Israeli settlers across several villages that are near settlements, under cover and security by Israeli forces.”

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israelis committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Better known as "price tag" attacks, extremist Israeli settlers use violent acts of retribution on Palestinians and their property to demonstrate their opposition to Israeli restrictions on settlements and their outposts in the occupied West Bank.

In March 2017, Israeli NGO Yesh Din revealed that Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 percent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

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