Ultra-nationalist Israelis sabotaged eight Palestinian cars and spray-painted hatred graffiti in a West Bank village on Monday, Israeli police said.
A police spokesperson said in a statement that the incident was investigated as “an apparent hate crime” against Palestinians.
The incident took place on Monday morning in the village of al-Mughayyir in the central West Bank.
The tires of eight cars were slashed and nationalist Hebrew slogans were painted on the walls of a school.
The Times of Israel quoted the village’s mayor saying that the Israeli perpetrators also attacked a group of shepherds who were on the way out of the village.
The attack was the third hate crime against Palestinians in less than a week.
The previous attack took place on Saturday in the village of Immatin, when settlers from the ultra-nationalist outpost of Have Gilad set on fire 150 dunams of Palestinian farmland.
Far-right Israelis have carried out thousands of the so-called “price tag” attacks over the past years. The attacks included violence against Palestinians in the West Bank and Israel, and vandalism of mosques, churches, cemeteries, and personal properties. Most of the incidents remain unsolved as the law enforcement authorities usually fail to arrest and charge any suspects.
Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war and has controlled it ever since, in a move denounced by the international community.