Jewish ex­trem­ists sus­pected in West Bank vil­lage fire: NGO

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A tent was torched and He­brewlan­guage graf­fiti was sprayed Thurs­day at a Pales­tinian Be­douin vil­lage in the oc­cu­pied West Bank in what res­i­dents and an NGO said was a sus­pected at­tack by Jewish ex­trem­ists.

Vil­lagers and Is­raeli NGO Rab­bis for Hu­man Rights said no one was in­side the tent, which was hous­ing food for live­stock.

Graf­fiti sprayed in red paint read “ad­min­is­tra­tive re­venge” along­side a crudely drawn Star of David. Vil­lagers blamed the at­tack on Is­raeli set­tlers and said the fire oc­curred at around 3:00 am.

Ayed Kaab­neh said 10 peo­ple usu­ally slept in the tent, which be­longed to his cousin.

“For­tu­nately, three days ago be­cause of the heat they went up (the moun­tain),” he said as he ex­am­ined the charred re­mains.

Another res­i­dent said the as­sailants fled when a vil­lager awoke and started shout­ing.

Po­lice said in a state­ment that they had re­ceived a re­port on the graf­fiti and were in­ves­ti­gat­ing but did not im­me­di­ately con­firm any ar­son at­tack.

The graf­fiti seemed to re­fer to the in­tern­ment with­out charge — known as ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ten­tion — of three al­leged Jewish ex­trem­ists fol- low­ing a July 31 ar­son at­tack in the West Bank vil­lage of Duma that killed 18-month-old Pales­tinian Ali Saad Dawab­sha and his fa­ther Saad.

The sus­pects have not been pub­licly ac­cused of the Duma fire­bomb­ing, but of un­spec­i­fied links to a “Jewish ex­trem­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

The vil­lage hit by the overnight fire is lo­cated near a wild­cat Jewish set­tle­ment out­post where po­lice de­tained sev­eral peo­ple at the week­end in raids linked to the fire­bomb­ing. Those de­tained were later re­leased.

There has been a se­ries of na­tion­al­ist hate crimes, known as “pric­etag” at­tacks, by sus­pected Jewish ex­trem­ists.

Ex­trem­ists in the past warned that there would be a price to pay for any ac­tion by Is­raeli author­i­ties they re­gard as hos­tile to the Jewish set­tle­ment move­ment or to far-right re­li­gious be­liefs.

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