Vandals Strike East Jerusalem Neighborhood in Apparent 'Price Tag' Attack

Assailants slash car tires, spray-paint slogans on walls in Beit Safafa.

The Associated Press
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Vandals slashed car tires in an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem on Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents blamed on a fringe group of extremists.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said ten cars were damaged in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa early Tuesday. The words "price tag" was sprayed on walls nearby. The phrase is used by a small group of Jewish extremists to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government's pro-Palestinian policies.

The acts have been condemned by Israeli leaders across the political spectrum. Police said they are investigating.

Mosques, churches, left-wing Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases have been targeted by the vandals in recent years.

Last week the Beit Jamal Monastery near Jerusalem was hit with a firebomb, and the building's walls were sprayed with hate slogans, includingprice tag, death to the Gentiles, and revenge.  

Archive image of the words "price tag" daubed on a wall in Jerusalem. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum