Report: Vandals spray 'Death to Arabs' in Israeli village
Published Friday 08/06/2012 (updated) 10/06/2012 13:25
Palestinian boys inspect a building next to graffiti sprayed by settlers
reading 'Revenge', in Oref, near Nablus. (MaanImages/Rami Swidan, File)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Vandals spray-painted "Death to Arabs" and "revenge" on cars in a village west of Jerusalem on Friday, the Israeli news site Ynet reported.
Vandals also scrawled "regards from Ulpana" on vehicles and slashed tires in Neve Shalom, Ynet said.
Israel's Knesset on Wednesday upheld a High Court decision to evacuate five homes in Ulpana, an illegal outpost built on Palestinian land near Ramallah. The same day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved 851 new homes in Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank.
"Regards from Havat Gilad" was also scrawled on an elementary school in Neve Shalom, referring to another illegal outpost in the West Bank, the report said.
"Unknown vandals arrived at dawn and vandalized vehicles," Neve Shalom secretary Gideon Suleimani told Ynet.
"We are trying to promote peace and coexistence, and what happened here was a political act aimed at shattering this (initiative)," he said.
Neve Shalom, also known as Wahat al-Salam, is a cooperative village founded by Palestinians and Israelis to promote coexistence.