Hate message on cars
Cops investigate series of hate crimes against Arabs
Residents of Arab village near Jerusalem find punctured tires and ‘Arabs out’ graffiti scrawled on vehicles; in separate incident, extremist Jewish activists distribute leaflets protesting against hiring of Arab doctor in West Bank.

Messages of hate calling for death to Arabs, among other things, were found scrawled on vehicles and car tires were punctured in the Arab village of Beit Iksa, northwest of Jerusalem, Wednesday morning.



"Death to Arabs" and "Arabs get out!" were among the messages graffitied onto the vehicles at the scene, prompting police to open an investigation into the hate crimes.


"Arabs get out"
"Arabs get out"


Moreover, in the southern West bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, leaflets were distributed against the local branch of the Meuhedet health cooperative for the recent hiring of an Arab doctor at the clinic.


"Meuhedet for co-existence. The health fund apparently decided to educate the extreme and fanatical residents of Kiryat Arba. Enough with the racism, enough with hating the enemy," exclaimed the flyers cynically.


"The Kiryat Arba clinic is proud to present the new family doctor. Soon they will certainly replace the gynecologist with Doctor Ahmed Tibi," continued the flyers, in reference to the Joint List Arab MK.


Some residents have already begun attempting to organize campaigns for the swift dismissal of the Arab doctor from their local health branch.


Gopstein with Lehava members (Photo: Amit Shabi)
Gopstein with Lehava members (Photo: Amit Shabi)


The flyers, which were inserted into local residents' mailboxes, are believed to be the work of local members of the radical right-wing anti-assimilation group Lehava directed by Benzion Gopstein. He has not confirmed or denied involvement.


Meuhedet declined to comment on the matter.


A few months ago, flyers were distributed in Kiryat Arba calling for the firing of Arab bus drivers recruited by the Egged bus company. Egged has since increased the number of Jewish drivers, but continues to employ Arab drivers in the area.


The latest hate crimes come a day after an IDF soldier was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of distributing pamphlets calling for "price tag" attacks against Arabs in revenge for last week's terror attack that claimed the life of Havat Gilad resident Rabbi Raziel Shevah. The IDF condemned the incitement.




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