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Israel charges 2 Jews over anti-Palestinian attacks
Published Thursday 29/05/2014 (updated) 31/05/2014 13:44
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An Palestinian-Israeli man walks past graffiti on the walls of a mosque
which reads in Hebrew, "Mohammed (prophet) is a pig" in
Baqa al-Gharbiya on December 8, 2013 (AFP/File Ahmad Gharabli)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Two suspected Jewish extremists have been charged with racially motivated attacks against Arab-owned property in Israel, the justice ministry said Thursday, after a wave of vandalism that provoked widespread outcry.

A 16-year-old arrested earlier this month for scrawling graffiti on and smashing the door and windows of a Druze dentist's practice in Yokneam, a majority-Jewish town in northern Israel, was charged on Thursday, the ministry said.

The minor's name was not made public, in accordance with Israeli law.

On Wednesday, prosecutors filed charges against Adir Yosef, 26, for damaging a car owned by a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship in Yokneam earlier in May.

According to the charge sheet, Yosef's alleged felony was part of a wave of 14 racist crimes that took place in and around Yokneam over the past three months.

So-called price tag attacks are nationalist-motivated hate crimes by Jewish extremists that mostly target Palestinian property, but have also included attacks on other non-Jews as well as left-wing Israelis and the security forces.

A spate of attacks preceded last week's visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land, prompting calls from some government ministers and security officials to label the attacks "terrorism."

Although the majority of Palestinians were expelled from their homes inside Israel during the 1948 conflict that led to the creation of the State of Israel, some Palestinians managed to remain in their villages and their descendants today make up around 20 percent of Israel's population.

While the majority of the 1.4 million Palestinians inside Israel, sometimes called Arab-Israelis, are Muslim, about 10 percent are Christian and around nine percent are members of the Druze minority.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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1 ) J / USA
31/05/2014 20:32
Bravo to Israel for taking quick action in catching this youth. Vandalism, especially motivated by hate is a reprehensible crime. Now I call on the PA to start taking action against their stone throwing youths. Because stone throwing, especially motivated by hate, is a reprehensible crime.

2 ) Rami / Palestine
01/06/2014 15:47
#1 Right, because 2 convictions in 66 years of terror is a real sign of a democratic progressive state, right? Did you forget that 99.9% of Palestinians in Israeli prisons are incarcerated on secret evidence that neither they nor their lawyers are able to review? That they are tortured into signing confessions in Hebrew that they can't even read? That they're tried as civilians in military courts in the presence of their torturers and that most cases last less than 5 minutes?
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