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Israeli settlers spray racist slogans on mosque near Ramallah

Feb. 4, 2019 3:19 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2019 5:27 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers vandalized and spray painted racist, anti-Arab slogans, on a local mosque, on Monday, in the Deir Dibwan village, east of the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Mansour Mansour, the mayor of the Deir Dibwan, said that Israeli settlers stormed the village and spray painted racist, anti-Arab slogans, including threats, on one of the local mosques and on several vehicles.

Palestinian Minister of Endowment and Religious Affairs, Sheikh Youssef Ideis, denounced the attack and said, “There are no longer safe places of worship in the light of these attacks and violations, which are carried out on a daily basis by Israeli forces and settlers, against the Palestinian people.”

Ideis added, "The act of vandalism is a new provocative and racist attack added to the list of Israeli crimes against the holy sites."

Ideis called on Arab and Islamic countries and other honorable nations to intervene and on the international community to protect holy places in Palestine from such attacks.

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.

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.

B'Tselem said that "Israel benefits from the repercussions, as settler violence has gradually dispossessed Palestinians of more and more areas in the West Bank, paving the way for a state takeover of land and resources. This occurs because Palestinians avoid entering areas in which they have been attacked, usually close to settlements."

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