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Israeli settlers raid Ramallah-area village, spray racist graffiti, puncture tires

April 20, 2018 2:46 P.M. (Updated: April 21, 2018 10:17 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers raided a Palestinian town in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah before dawn on Friday, puncturing the tires of several vehicles and spraying racist, anti-Arab graffiti across the town.

Residents of the town of Burqa, east of Ramallah, told Ma’an that they woke up to find that settlers from the nearby Migron settlement -- which was illegally built on lands of the village -- had punctured the tires of dozens of vehicles in the town.

Settlers also sprayed racist graffiti on cars and the walls of homes.

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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