The Shai District Police arrested three men in their 20s while they were trying to vandalize Palestinian property in the West Bank village of Samu'a.
The suspects appear to have managed to torch a car in the nearby town of ad-Dhahiriya and spray paint graffiti before being apprehended. They were found in possession of flammable materials, pocket knifes, spray paint and a fake M-16 rifle that they evidently used for deterrence purposes.
The police have confiscated the equipment and said there is substantial evidence to incriminate the suspects. The police allege the three were responsible for other nationalistically-driven crimes perpetrated in the West Bank recently.
Confiscated equipment (Photo: Shai District Police)
Their arrests concludes a months-long undercover investigation
meant to crack down on Jewish vandals who committed anti-Arab crimes.
The slogans the suspects spray-painted in ad-Dhahiriya included "Price Tag"
and "Congratulations Effy" – an message evidently dedicated to a fellow youth who got married last week. This isn’t the first time that such an act of vandalism is dedicated to a fellow right-wing radical. A few weeks ago graffiti daubed in the region mentioned Akiva, a youth who recently completed an administrative suspension penalty, according to the police. The act was said to be perpetrated in homage to the young man.
'Congrats Effy.' The graffiti (Photo: Shai District Police)
The suspects' representation accused the police of trying to blow the incident out of proportion.
"Calling a plastic toy rifle that doesn't even make noise an 'improvised weapon' is a blatant lie meant to demonize the suspects," the officials said.