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Israeli settlers puncture, vandalize Palestinian vehicles in Salfit

Oct. 22, 2018 2:36 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 23, 2018 11:58 A.M.)
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers vandalized several Palestinian-owned vehicles, on Monday, in the Marda village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Salfit.

Locals reported that a group of Israeli settlers stormed the Marda village and punctured the tires of several Palestinian-owned vehicles.

Israeli settlers also spray-painted Hebrew-language racist slogans on them.

Sources confirmed that the vandalized vehicles belonged to Omar Sadqi Khafash, Nashat Khafash, Hussein Hassan Said, Ahmad Salah Abdah, Samih and Muhammad Abdah and Said Tah Abdah.

The Israeli NGO B'Tselem reported that Israeli settlers' vandalism in the occupied West Bank is a daily routine and is fully backed by Israeli authorities.

Earlier this year, the Shin Bet, Israel's internal intelligence agency, reported a spike in Israeli hate crimes against Palestinians in 2018.

According to the April report, there were 13 attacks in the first four months of this year - more than in the whole of 2017, when the agency recorded only eight attacks -- though Palestinians report the number to be much higher.

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

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.

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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