'Death to Murderers': Cars Vandalized in Suspected Hate Crime in Palestinian East Jerusalem Neighborhood

Anonymous perpetrators slashed car tires and spray-painted hateful graffiti ■ Israeli NGO warns: 'East Jerusalem residents fall victim to violence by radical activists'

Graffiti spray-painted on walls of East Jerusalem neighborhood in suspected hate crime, December 20, 2018.

The tires of at least two cars were slashed late overnight on Wednesday in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina in a suspected anti-Palestinian hate crime.

The anonymous perpetrators also spray-painted hateful graffitti on nearby walls. The slogans read: "Death to murdereds" and "We don't sleep when the name of God is dishonored." 

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Israeli NGO Ir Amim, which focuses its work on defusing tensions caused by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Jerusalem, issued a statement in response: "The residents of Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem are falling victim again to the violence of radical 'price tag' activists without any ability to protect themselves."

The scene of a suspected hate crime attack in East Jerusalem, December 20, 2018.

In their statement, Ir Amim referred to so-called "price tag attacks," which is how Jewish extremists describe vandalism or violence aimed at preventing or avenging the evacuation of West Bank settlements by Israeli authorities.

"As opposed to how it has conducted itself in recent years, it's time for the Israel Police to defend residents of East Jerusalem from nationalistic Jewish violence and bring the criminals to justice," the statement read. 

Last week, police arrested four Israeli minors aged 15 to 17 on suspicion that they were involved in an act of vandalism in an Arab village near Nazareth.

Twenty cars were vandalized in that incident, and a Star of David as well as the words "revenge" and "price tag" were spray-painted on the walls of nearby homes.