Arab Israeli cars vandalized in apparent hate crime: police

A Palestinian youth checks a car as vehicles with their tires slashed are pictured in the Palestinian neighborhood of Shuafat, neighboring the Israeli settlement of Ramat Shlomo, in Israeli annexed east Jerusalem, in this Dec. 9, 2019 file photo. — AFP

JERUSALEM — The tires of approximately 20 cars were punctured and anti-Arab slogans scrawled on buildings in an Arab town in northern Israel, police said on Thursday, in an apparent nationalistic hate crime.

Police said that the vandals in the Jezreel Valley town of Manshiya Zabda had drawn a Star of David on one of the cars, and written abusive language in Hebrew on nearby buildings.

The incident bore the hallmark of a "price tag" attack, a euphemism for Jewish nationalist hate crimes that generally target Palestinian or Arab Israeli property in revenge for nationalistic attacks against Israelis.

Police said they "denounce all nationalistic hate crimes and will use all its means and cooperation with other bodies to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice."

Thursday's incident comes just three days after suspected Jewish extremists vandalized some 160 Palestinian cars in east Jerusalem.

Neither police nor Israel's internal security agency, the Shin Bet, would say whether they thought the two crimes were linked. — AFP