Jewish extremists suspected in West Bank village fire

2015-08-13 15:08

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Duma - A tent was torched and Hebrew-language graffiti was sprayed on 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 03:00.

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 following 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 organisation".

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 "price-tag" 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.

Read more on:    palestine  |  israel  |  human rights  |  middle east peace

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