Ramallah: Vandals scrawled Hebrew threats on two mosques in a West Bank
village in the latest hate crime by suspected Jewish extremists, a
local official said yesterday.
“Settlers came in the middle of the night and wrote threats in
Hebrew on the walls of two mosques and slashed the tires of a
car,” said Adel al-Shaer, a councilor for Teqoa village east of
The attack appeared to be linked to a stone-throwing
incident which critically injured an Israeli toddler called Adele Biton in the northern West Bank on March 14.
At one site in Teqoa,
the attackers scrawled: “Adele Biton’s revenge” and “Price tag for
throwing stones,” and drew two Stars of David around the front
entrance with the words: “Regards from Adele,” AFP reported.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri confirmed details of the attack, but
said that two cars in the village had had their tires slashed.
Villagers threw stones at police and
troops sent to the village to investigate the crimes, damaging
some of their vehicles, she added.
Such incidents are known as “price
tag” attacks, a euphemism for hate crimes against Palestinians by
The attacks began in response to
Israeli government moves to dismantle unauthorized settler
outposts, but over the past 18 months they have targeted anyone
seen as hostile to Jewish settlers.
Perpetrators of such crimes are
rarely caught. Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet said it
had arrested five teenagers over the March 14 attack which caused
a woman in a car with her three young daughters to lose control
and crash into a parked lorry.