B’Tselem Exposes ‘Price Tag’ Attacks Towards Palestinians

11 Jan
12:01 AM

B’Tselem, an Israeli based human rights group, and Al-Haq Palestinian human rights group,  were awarded the French Republic’s 2018 Human Rights Prize.

Founded in 1989, B’Tselem has “devoted itself primarily to documenting Israeli violations of Palestinians’ human rights in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip.”

The stated goal of the organization is “to end Israel’s occupation”, “to achieve a future that ensures human rights, democracy, liberty and equality to all people, Palestinian and Israeli alike”.

“Price Tag” attacks on Palestinians, have long been used as a tool by illegal colonialist settlers to intimidate the Palestinian population, implying the attacks are the price which they, the Palestinians, must pay to exist.

B’Tselem’s ’Eyes Wide Open Photo Blog’ recorded the events in Palestinian towns and villages, in November and December of 2018, showing numerous slashed vehicle tires, plus spray painted walls and vehicles.

The human rights group reveals that the Palestinian homes, properties, and communities are vulnerable to such attacks, as a result of Israeli policy towards Palestinians in the West Bank. The ramifications of this ‘policy’, the group contends, is the “cumulative effect of instilling terror among the Palestinians who live under occupation”.

The following is an elaboration of the B’Tselem article, link above.

Al-Burj Village

The village of al-Burj, is located southwest of the city of Hebron, in the southern West Bank, adjacent the annexation wall. The nearby Israeli settlement of Ramot, also built on Palestinian land, is considered illegal under international law.

Early morning, November 23, 2018, citizens of the village found 14 cars with tires slashed, and graffiti sprayed on 2 cars.


Al-Burj village – Nov. 23, 2018 ⬆️

‘Asirah al-Qibliyah and Huwarah Villages

Also, on November 23, 2018, two more Palestinian villages were vandalized, south of Nablus, in the northern West Bank. ’Asirah al-Qibliyah village residents counted 17 vehicles with slashed tires, while Huwarah village encountered 11. Citizens also noted graffiti sprayed on vehicles, fences around homes, and even the fence of a school. The Israeli settlement of Yitzhar, is situated between the two Palestinian villages.

Huwarah village – Nov. 23, 2018 ⬆️

‘Asirah al-Qibliyah village – Nov. 23, 2018 ⬆️

Huwarah village – Nov. 23, 2018 ⬆️

Huwarah village – Nov. 23, 2018 ⬆️

Al-Mughayir Village

On November 25, 2018, in the al-Mughayir village, northeast of the city of Ramallah, in the central West Bank, was attacked by Israeli settlers. 4 Palestinians, before sunrise, found their cars and homes vandalized. The Israeli outpost of Adei Ad, according to Wikipedia, was built on Palestinian land, north of the village, in addition to the Israeli settlement of Shvut Rachel, Shilo, Giv’at Har’el, among others.

Al-Mughayir village – Nov. 25, 2018 ⬆️

Al-Mughayir village – Nov. 25, 2018 ⬆️

Field researcher at B’Tselem, Ilad Hadad, spoke with the owner of the vehicle above, November 25, 2018. The following is the testimony of Mujahed Na’asan;

“My neighbor woke me up before dawn, and told me to go outside and see what the settlers had done. We all had a hard time getting back to sleep after that. We were afraid the settlers were still in the village and would hurt us. Back in July, they vandalized our car and ten others and sprayed graffiti in the same neighborhood. We filed a complaint with the DCO back then, and Israeli police officers came. But nothing has come of it. They attacked us again because they’re not worried that anyone will do anything to them. How long will this go on?”

November 25, 2018 – al-Mughayir village ⬆️

Beitin Village

Northeast of Ramallah, in the central West Bank, lies Beitin village, where on December 11, 2018, citizens found that “settlers had sprayed graffiti on cars and slashed the tires of 24 cars and two trucks. 17 of the cars had all four tires slashed. The graffiti read, in Hebrew:
‘We do not sleep when the name of God is blasphemed’, and
‘I will not sleep while blood is spilt’” as the B’Tselem states.
Givat Assaf and Ofra settlements were built near the village.

Dec. 11, 2018 – Beitin village ⬆️

Dec. 11, 2018 – Beitin village ⬆️

Dec. 11, 2018 – Beitin village ⬆️

Yassuf Village

More vandalism occurred in the village of Yasuf, north of the town of Salfit, in central West Bank, on December 18, 2018. Many vehicle tires were slashed, along the main street, while many fences and cars were spray-painted with Hebrew slogans, and the local mosque had been sprayed with the Star of David. The writing, translated states :

“Jews wake up”

“The people of Israel are alive”

“The people demand destruction by fire”

The settlements built near Yassuf village are called Kfar Tapuah, Rehellim and Nofei Nehemia.

Dec. 18, 2018 – Yasuf village ⬆️

Beit Hanina

Palestinians living in al-Gharabli – a neighborhood of Beit Hanina, in occupied East Jerusalem, on December 20, 2018, found the tires of 27 cars slashed, and the following slogans sprayed, in Hebrew, on walls of homes.

“Death to murderers”

“We don’t sleep when God’s name is blasphemed”

East Jerusalem is essentially encircled by illegal Israeli settlements, including Pisgat Ne’ev, Ramot, French Hill, and Neve Yaakov.

Nov. 23

Dec. 20, 2018 – Beit Hanina ⬆️

Khirbet Susiya

Khirbet Susiya is a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank, south of Hebron, with Israeli settlement ‘Susiya’ located 500 meters away. Resident farmer Barakat Mor, on December 23, 2018, discovered that 110 of his olive saplings had been uprooted, presumably by Israeli settlers.

Khirbet Susiya, 23 Dec. 2018 ⬆️

Original post from B’Tselem. 
All photos copyright B’Tselem.

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