Local resident Amir Khalikhal said cars belonging to his family were also torched last April. "Tonight they slashed my brother's car's tires. They shut the exhaust pipe with condensed material, just like explosives. The engine could have detonated," he said.
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Khalikhal adds that "at first, I thought that the car had a flat tire, and then I saw that all four tires of more than 20 cars were slashed. They came with spikes and entered the yards. I know the city of Safed, I have friends there and have played soccer for 'Beitar Safed', we are citizens of Safed".
This incident occurred only two days after hate graffiti was found on the walls of the Al-Huda mosque in Baqa al-Gharbiyye.
Residents who came to pray found the hateful slogans, among them messages such as "Muhammad is a pig", "Regards to Boaz and David Hay", and "Mutual responsibility and stone terror". Five more vehicles parked near the mosque were damaged in the same incident.
Sheikh Iskandar Khairi, the Imam of the Huda mosque, said: "After the morning prayer, we left the mosque and found the graffiti on the wall. These incidents happen again and again, and this time it has happened to us in Baqa. Unfortunately, the government is still not properly handling these incidents, which encourages racists to continue with such actions that damage the sacredness of holy sites and the prophet Muhammad."
Following the 'price tag' attack, 1,200 men held a protest in Baqa Al Gharbiya against the slogans spray-painted on the mosque's walls.
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