Price Tag? Graffitied house in Beit Ilu
Photo: B'Tselem

'Muhammad is a pig' scribbled on Palestinian homes

Beit Ilu residents find houses graffitied by vandals most likely as 'price tag' for forced evacuation of Mitzpe Avichai outpost near Kiryat Arba

In spite of the condemnation and army operations, 'price tag' activities continue: Residents of the Palestinian town of Beit Ilu near the Jewish settlement of Nahliel in the West Bank found that anonymous vandals graffitied three houses on Sunday. 'Mohammad is a pig' and 'Regards from 18' were two slogans graffitied on the houses together with stars of David.


The incident is most likely an act of revenge for the forced evacuation of the Mitzpe Avichai outpost near Kiryat Arba four days ago. The residents of the outpost also known as 'Hill 18' had promised to carry out 'price tag' vengeance when the outpost was evacuated.


"I left the house for work at 6 am and found that the outer wall of my house had been graffitied in Hebrew with the inscription 'Mohammad is a pig', Ayid Darwish in told Ynet."I called the neighbors and we found graffiti on two neighboring houses."


The head of the village council, Mahmad Raduan was angered by the vandalism and in a conversation with Ynet noted that he had only received information about the incident at 8 am. "I called the Palestinian Coordination and Liaison forces and reported the incident, and they contacted their Israeli counterparts, but no one has responded to the calls yet."


Raduan claims that this isn't the first time there is friction between the village residents and nearby settlers. "A few months ago the settlers came here and started breaking car windows, burning them and hitting people. The only left the area when the IDF forces arrived."


The village of Beit Ilu is in Area B, which is under Palestinian civilian control and under Israeli security control.


Yair Altman Contributed to the report




פרסום ראשון: 02.13.11, 20:10
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