Palestinian cars vandalized in East Jerusalem

Some 180 vehicles belonging to the Palestinians were vandalized on Monday in East Jerusalem.

A group of Israeli settlers allegedly slashed tires of the cars and spray-painted anti-Arab racist slogans on walls in the town of Shuafat overnight, local sources said.

The Palestinian foreign ministry described the onslaught “a new episode in the ongoing attacks against Palestinians”.

In another development, the Palestinian city of Hebron witnessed a strike on Monday in protest against a new Israeli plan to build more settlement units in the old city market.

Shops and both public and private institutions shut their doors for the day as part of the strike that was called for by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Movement in the southern West Bank city.

On Dec. 1, Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennet approved the construction of a new settlement in Hebron.

Statistics shows that around 400,000 Israelis live in 135 settlements and 100 illegal outposts in the West Bank, where the Palestinian population has reached 2.6 million.