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One of the supposedly torched cars Photo: Panet website
One of the supposedly torched cars Photo: Panet website
 
 

Police: Palestinians tried to fabricate 'price tag' attack

Investigation into claims by residents of village of Kusra that settlers from Esh Kodesh outpost torched six vehicles last week proves them false

Itamar Fleishman
Published: 03.01.13, 08:47 / Israel News

An investigation into the suspected torching of Palestinian vehicles in the village of Kusra showed that the case was an attempt to fabricate a "price tag" act.

 

Earlier this month, Shai District Police began probing claims by Palestinians that settlers from the Esh Kodesh outpost had torched their cars but found there had been no arson.

 

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Last week, residents from Kusra reported that settlers had infiltrated their village in the middle of the night, torched six cars and fled the scene. They produced an ID card to prove that settlers were behind the act.

 


ליד "המכונית השרופה" בקוסרא. נוצר מיצג שווא (צילום: אתר פאנט)

Car Palestinians claim had been torched (Photo: Panet website)

It was later revealed that the card belonged to a soldier who had lost it in the village a few days earlier. When police arrived at the village to investigate the claims, they were pelted with stones and driven away.

 

Nevertheless, having examined photos from the crime scene officers noticed they had been deliberately staged to give the impression that a "price tag" had taken place.


המתלוננים לא סיפקו גרסה אחידה לאירועים (צילום: AP)

Discrepancies in testimonies (Photo: AP)

 

Testimonies of residents who claimed their cars had been torched showed discrepancies which led investigators to conclude there had been no arson.

 

"The findings prove once again that time and time again the Palestinians try to fabricate nationalistic events which cause us immense damage," an Esh Kodehs resident said.

 

The Samaria Settlers Committee said in response, "It has been proven yet again that edged on by leftist groups, Palestinians concoct 'price tag' events." The committee called on the police to probe similar cases.

 

 

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