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Israelis torch Palestinian cars in West Bank

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A Palestinian woman walks down stairs in front of a graffiti scrawled on the wall of a Palestinian home in the village of al-Mughayyir, located east of the Palestinian city of Ramallah on March 5, 2015. © AFP

Israeli settlers have set fire to two cars belonging to Palestinians and sprayed racist graffiti on a nearby wall at a village in the occupied West Bank.

Witnesses said the Israelis’ act of vandalism happened before dawn Thursday in the village of al-Mughayyir, located east of the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

"Around 4:00 am (0200 GMT) I saw the fire and rushed down to stop it. The settlers had already left," said an eyewitness, adding, "Settlers regularly come to attack the village, pulling up trees and so on. They've twice burned the mosque."

Back in February, Israeli extremists also torched a seminary building belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The vandal attack came a day after a mosque was set ablaze in the village of al-Jaba near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.  

Israeli settlers regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to their mosques, olive groves and other properties in the West Bank under the so-called “price tag” policy. However, Tel Aviv rarely detains the assailants.

Price tag attacks are acts of vandalism and violence against Palestinians and their property as well as Islamic holy sites by Israeli settlers.

They have also desecrated al-Aqsa Mosque on numerous occasions with the support of the Israeli security forces.

Israel has tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds over the past decades by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.


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