Hate graffiti was discovered on the walls of an abandoned home near Ma’aleh
Levona, in Samaria, on Thursday morning.
The scrawled messages read “Jews
wake up” and “Death to Arabs,” as well as “Esh Kodesh revenge.” Security forces
The incident was the latest in a rash of acts of
vandalism that authorities suspect are part of the “price tag” campaign that
West Bank settlers and their supporters have allegedly been
Earlier this week, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that
price-tag attacks constituted acts of terror.
The defense minister lashed
out at hate crimes against Palestinians, hours after two cars were torched in a
West Bank village and a day after a group of Jews were trapped while allegedly
en route to vandalize another village.
“The unacceptable phenomenon
called a ‘price tag’ attack is, in my eyes, a terrorist act in every sense of
the word,” said Ya’alon. “We are acting and will act against its perpetrators
with zero tolerance, and with a stern and determined hand to eradicate
On Wednesday morning, a Palestinian restaurant owner in the village
of Madama, near Nablus, was startled to find a number of Jewish vandals outside
his business, according to the NGO Rabbis for Human Rights.
The man, who
described the vandals as settlers, discerned that two cars had been torched and
that there was graffiti on the wall in yellow paint, reading, “Revenge for Esh
Kodesh,” and a Jewish star. The graffiti referenced the Esh Kodesh outpost,
where on Tuesday morning the IDF had destroyed 200 olive trees that had been
planted without authorization.
He unsuccessfully tried to stop the
vandals from fleeing in their car, he reported, adding that they then tried to
run him over. The interaction between them, he told Rabbis for Human Rights,
happened very quickly, and he was not able to write down the license plate