Suspected 'price tag' attacks in J'lem, W. Bank

Offensive graffiti sprayed, church property vandalized at Dormition Abbey in J'lem; car tires punctured in Beit Ilu Ramllah.

By JTA
May 31, 2013 15:37
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"Christians are apes" written on the wall of the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, May 31, 2013.

Price tag attack on Dormition Abbey 370. (photo credit: Courtesy Dormition Abbey)

 
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Staff at the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem reported the spraying of offensive graffiti in Hebrew and the destruction of the church property in a suspected attack by radical Jewish settler sympathizers on Friday.

Perpetrators spray-painted “the Christians are apes” and “the Christians are slaves” on two cars parked outside the abbey.

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In another incident, the tires of three cars were punctured in the village of Beit Ilu Ramllah. Israel Radio reported that the perpetrators spray-painted the Hebrew word for “revenge” on one car and “price tag, Evyatar says hello” on a nearby wall. Evyatar Borovsky, 31, was stabbed to death in a terrorist attack last month near his home in Yitzhar, a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.

In addition, the tires of a car were slashed. On that car, the perpetrators spray-painted in black “Ma’on Farm,” the name of a Jewish outpost near Hebron where Israeli soldiers earlier this week demolished one unlicensed structure.

A spokesperson for Jerusalem District Police said the attack is being investigated.

In February, vandals wrote the words “Price Tag” and derogatory language about Jesus on the walls the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation in western Jerusalem, and slashed the tires of several cars in the area.

Two weeks earlier
, the 11th-century Monastery of the Cross Church was similarly vandalized.

“Price tag” is how extremist settlers describe attacks on Palestinians and Arabs in retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions, or for Palestinian attacks on Jews.

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