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Ten cars vandalized in Jerusalem Arab neighborhood

In apparent ‘price tag’ attack, tires slashed and license plates removed from vehicles in overnight attack

Illustrative photo of a price tag attack, on August 27, 2013 (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of a price tag attack, on August 27, 2013 (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Ten vehicles were vandalized overnight Tuesday in the Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa.

The tires of the vehicles were slashed and some had their license plates removed. Graffiti reading “revenge” and “price tag” was found on the cars and on nearby walls.

Police said they were opening an investigation into the incident.

“Price tag” is a term used, usually by Jewish extremists associated with the settler movement, to denote an attack, typically against Muslim or Arab property, undertaken in revenge for what they perceive as pro-Palestinian or anti-settler actions by the Israeli government.

Mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases have been targeted by the vandals in recent years. Two weeks ago a monastery near Jerusalem was defaced.

Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) condemned the vandalism in Jerusalem.

“I’m saddened over the fact that today, too, we awoke to an act of vandalism, this time in Beit Safafa,” he said in a statement. “This is a group of outlandish people who are trying to hinder unity and coexistence. We won’t let these criminals disrupt life in Israel.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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