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16 cars, bus vandalized in attack against Palestinians in Israel

English.news.cn   2014-02-10 17:38:37

JERUSALEM, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Vandals early Monday morning slashed tires of 16 cars and a bus and sprayed slurs in the Palestinian East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan in another so- called "Price Tag" attack, Israeli police confirmed to Xinhua.

The vandals spray-painted slurs on walls, reading "enough with naturalization," and "Arab Labor," a racist colloquial Hebrew which means "shoddy or second-rate work."

Authorities are investigating, but no suspects have been apprehended yet.

"Price Tag" attacks are acts of vandalism perpetrated against Palestinians and their property, carried out by right-wing Jewish extremists. It includes torching cars, chopping of olive trees, and spray-painting "Price Tag" and racist slogans on walls of Palestinian houses.

According to figures released by the United Nations last month, the number of attacks against Palestinians almost quadrupled in the last eight years.

Last week, three settlers were indicted on charges of committing a "Price Tag" attack in November 2013 in the West Bank village of Far'ata. The indictment marked the first time that the Israel Security Agency had solved a "Price Tag" case using a new measure to combat the soaring occurrence of such attacks.

The measure, approved last June by Defense Minister Moshe Ya' alon, aimed to crack down on the surge of "Price Tag" attacks. It enables the Israel Security Agency to consider the suspects as members of an "illegal association." Such suspects may face longer detentions and interrogation without the presence of lawyers.

 

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