IDF arrests Palestinian suspected of smearing swastikas on West Bank roadblocks
The IDF said on Friday it had arrested a Palestinian on suspicion of spraying swastikas along a road used by settlers in the northern West Bank.
The graffiti was spotted near the Palestinian village of Hawara early Friday morning on large concrete blocks that the military often uses as road barriers. They are located on a road used daily by settlers living in Israeli communities in the northern West Bank.
The suspect has been transferred to the Israeli police. A law enforcement spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on whether he had been charged.
Students at a yeshiva in the nearby settlement of Yitzhar spent several hours scrambling for each of the swastikas.
In recent months, the Nazi symbol has become a feature of several protests by Palestinians in the West Bank against Israeli settlements and illegal outposts, drawing criticism from Knesset lawmakers.
Last month, Palestinian protesters hung a Nazi flag bearing the swastika symbol in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar, near Hebron.
The flag was attached to electric cables near an Israeli army post. He was later kidnapped by soldiers stationed in the area.
In August this year, Palestinians protesting the Elazar outpost in the northern West Bank set a Star of David associated with a swastika on fire.
In 2018, Palestinians on the Gaza border flew a kite marked with a swastika and carrying a gasoline bomb in Israel.