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Palestinian cars set ablaze in Jerusalem in 'racist attack'

Palestinian cars set ablaze in Jerusalem after incursion by suspected Israeli settlers
2 min read
28 April, 2021
Palestinian vehicles have been torched by suspected Israeli settlers.
This is not the first racist attack at Beit Iksa [NurPhoto/Getty-file photo]
A suspected Israeli settler incursion into a Palestinian village near Jerusalem on Tuesday left three vehicles in flames with racist graffiti found in the area.

The words, "Jews, let's win" were sprayed on the road above a Star of David.

The writing was within metres from the site of two burning cars, based on a video of the scene posted to Twitter.

Beit Iksa village, where the violence occurred, neighbours the Ramot settlement, whose inhabitants are said to be notorious for harassing local Palestinians.

Abdullah Hamdan, who is from the Palestinian village, said residents were concerned more about the safety of their families than their vehicles.

"This time they strike at cars. Next time they will strike at people," he said, according to Haaretz.

Palestinian residents reportedly told Haaretz an Israeli fire truck attended the scene but did not extinguish the flames.

Alongside the Star of David was the word "TikTok", which Times of Israel suggested was referring to videos posted on the social media site depicting Palestinians assaulting ultra-Orthodox Jews.

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Tag Meir, a Jewish organisation which works against reprisal or "price tag" attacks, connected what happened with Jewish supremacist group Lehava’s recent racist march through occupied East Jerusalem.

Jewish supremacists chanted, "Death to Arabs" at the event.

"Whoever stayed silent after the hate march by Lehava on Thursday is reaping the whirlwind," Gadi Gvaryahu, Tag Meir's leader, reportedly said.  

Settlers from Ramot also spat at cars in Beit Iksa last year, in what residents believed was an attempt to spread Covid-19 among Palestinians.

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