Days of Palestine

Tuesday, March 21

Eight Palestinians’ vehicles vandalized by settlers in Salfit-district

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Days Of Palestine – Salfit

In the latest Israeli settler attack, Jewish settlers Wednesday overnight vandalized at least eight Palestinian vehicles in Yasuf village, located to the east of Salfit city in the West Bank.

Local sources confirmed that a group of settlers sneaked their way into the village, where they punctured the tires of at least eight vehicles.

Settlers also scrawled graffiti threatening to kill Palestinians in “Judea and Samaria”, the Jewish nationalist name Israel gives to the occupied West Bank to reinforce its bogus claims to the territory and to give them a veneer of historical and religious legitimacy.

One image posted on the official Facebook page of Yasuf Village Council shows a graffiti in Hebew reading: “War would be waged ]against Palestinians[ in Judea and Samria” and followed by the 'Star of David’.

The underground anti-Palestinian Israeli group “Price Tag” was behind similar acts of vandalism. It has routinely attacked Palestinians in the occupied territories and inside Israel.

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have repeatedly blamed Israel for fostering a “culture of impunity” for Jewish settlers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

The Israeli government still refuses to label it as a terrorist organization and considers it only as group of vandals. It also considers such acts as hate crimes against Palestinians.

This attack is similar to Israeli settlers’ attacks in the occupied territories. Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Settlers' violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

There are almost 834,000 Israeli settlers living in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The number of settlers has almost tripled since the Oslo Accords of 1993, when settlers’ number estimated 252,000. Illegal settlements have leapt from 144 to 515 in that time.

Israel’s nation-state law that passed last July stated that building and strengthening the settlements is a “national interest.”