A monastery near Beit Shemesh was found defaced with graffiti and several nearby vehicles were vandalized Tuesday morning in an apparent “price tag” attack.
The perpetrators spray painted the words “America is Nazi Germany” and “Price Tag — Peace Agreement” on walls surrounding the Deir Rafat monastery complex, located in Beit Jimal near Beit Shemesh west of Jerusalem.
Three cars and a truck in the area had their tires slashed by the vandals.
Jerusalem police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said Tuesday that an investigation into the incident was opened. Beit Jimal was previously targeted in a fire bomb attack in August 2013. In the same attack, “price tag,” “death to the gentiles” and “revenge” were scrawled on the monastery.
In 2007, Jewish terrorist Jack Teitel detonated a bomb near there, injuring an employee of the monastery.
“America is Nazi Germany” is likely a reference to US Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in Israel Monday in an effort to advance the stalling Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Kerry met for several hours late Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before sitting down with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and another Palestinian official. Kerry met again with Netanyahu on Tuesday morning before his scheduled departure to Brussels for NATO talks on Ukraine.
A late-night meeting in Ramallah with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas was canceled, sources on both sides said, without giving a reason.
“Price Tag” attacks are acts of vandalism typically carried out by Jewish nationalists in protest against the Israel-Palestinian negotiations or government policies against the settler movement. In addition to mosques and Christian structures, homes of Israeli left-wing activists have been targeted as well.
Authorities have vowed to continue to prosecute those responsible for the ongoing phenomenon.
The Associated Press and AFP contributed to this report.