NABLUS, Palestine

Israeli settlers on Thursday vandalized Palestinian vehicles in a suspected “price tag” attack in the occupied West Bank, according to a Palestinian official.

“Dozens of Jewish settlers stormed the town of Allubban near Nablus city and attacked Palestinian vehicles,” Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank said in a statement.

The settlers slashed the tires of twelve vehicles and sprayed racist slogans as “Death to the Arabs” on the walls of several homes in the town, he said.

On Wednesday, settlers burned and cut dozens of olive trees in villages near the Nablus city amid rise of tension due to Israel’s plan to annex parts of West Bank, including the Jordan valley.

“Price tag” vandalism is a strategy used by extremist Jewish settlers to attack Palestinians and their property in West Bank and Jerusalem in retaliation for “perceived threats” to Israeli settlement expansion.

According to Palestinian figures, more than 700,000 Jewish settlers now live on 196 settlements which were built with the Israeli government’s approval and more than 200 settler outposts — built without the government approval — across the occupied West Bank.

International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activities on the land to be illegal.

The Palestinians want both these territories — along with the Gaza Strip — for an independent state of Palestine.

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