Serious suspicion that settlers torched two vehicles in the village of Qusra, in the northern West Bank
On the night of 13-14 October 2010, two vehicles were set aflame in Qusra, a village in the northern West Bank. Security-camera footage obtained by B'Tselem raises a serious suspicion that the arson was carried out by settlers in the framework of “price tag” actions aimed against Palestinians and Palestinian property.
The owner of the vehicles, Ayman Hamdan, a farmer who lives in Qusra, related in his testimony to B'Tselem that he was called, in the middle of the night, to the parking lot next to his office, where a truck and a van of his were parked. The lot is located at the entrance to the village, east of the Tapuah intersection. Hamdan told B'Tselem that the driver's compartment of the truck was totally burnt down and the front of the van was burned.
Hamdan immediately called the Palestinian police, which opened an investigation. This morning, he also filed a complaint with the SHAI [Samaria and Judea] Police Department. Hamdan provided the law-enforcement authorities with footage from security cameras he had installed outside his office a year ago. He also provided a copy to B'Tselem.
The security-camera footage, shot from different angles, shows three young men arriving at the area where the two vehicles are parked. One of the men begins to spray the words “price tag,” in Hebrew, on an iron door. Two other young men splash flammable material from containers onto the front hood of the van, under which the engine is located. The man who sprayed the words and one of the men who poured the flammable material back away from the vehicle, and the third man sets it afire, and the front of the van goes up in flames. Then the young men torch the front of the truck and flee from the site.
B'Tselem demands the law-enforcement authorities to take immediate, firm action to protect Palestinians and Palestinian property from actions by violent settlers.