Several attackers attempted to set fire to an Arab-owned shop in Jerusalem late Monday night and left racially charged slogans on the premises, according to reports.
Police confirmed the incident, but declined to give details because they are still investigating.
The Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported that the assailants were three Israeli men and that they had posted slogans reading “Kahane was right,” invoking the name of slain far-right Israeli activist Rabbi Meir Kahane.
They said the shop was located on Jaffa Street, a main thoroughfare in the west of the city.
Kahane was the founder of the Jewish Defense League in the US and the Kach political party in Israel, for which he served as a member of the Knesset before the party was banned as racist by Israeli law in 1988.
Kahane promoted the idea of annexing the West Bank and forcibly removing the Arab population. He was killed by an Arab gunman in New York in 1990.
On Monday, vandals slashed the tires of 34 cars and scrawled graffiti on a bus parked in the northeastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina.
The graffiti on the bus read, “Gentiles in the land [of Israel] are our enemies,” Israel Radio reported.
The police opened an investigation into that incident.
The vandalism bore the hallmarks of previous “price tag” attacks carried out by extremists linked to the settler movement against targets associated with Palestinians and other non-Jews in Israel.
On Tuesday, President Shimon Peres denounced the nationalist attacks.
“The security services must deal with these ugly acts with the full force of the law,” he said at a judicial ceremony.