18 cars vandalized in price tag attack in Arab neighborhood near Jerusalem

Police have opened an investigation into the incident and are gathering evidence and searching for suspects.

Price tag attack outside Jerusalem, Dec. 19, 2019 (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Price tag attack outside Jerusalem, Dec. 19, 2019
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Police were called to the Arab neighborhood of Khalayleh near Givat Ze'ev outside Jerusalem after residents reported that about 18 cars had their tires slashed and graffiti was found at the scene.
Police have opened an investigation into the incident and are gathering evidence and searching for suspects.
Price tag attack outside Jerusalem, Dec. 19, 2019 (Credit: Courtesy of the Tzabah Family)Price tag attack outside Jerusalem, Dec. 19, 2019 (Credit: Courtesy of the Tzabah Family)
Last week, a 'price tag' attack was carried out in Jerusalem's Shu'afat neighborhood where over 160 vehicles had their tires slashed and graffiti was painted.
“I firmly condemn the hate crime that took place tonight in the Shu’afat neighborhood of the city, and ask the Israeli police to do everything they can to apprehend and punish those responsible,” Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion said. “The city of Jerusalem is a mixed city for all its residents, and such cases are severe and directly affect the fabric of life in the city.”
MK Aida Touma Sliman tweeted: “Today Jerusalem and before that Jaljulia and ‘Akbara, and every day in the occupied Palestinian villages. Again and again the terrorists attack corruptly and scarily – and leave quietly. It’s time for the authorities to admit that there is a Jewish terror network called ‘price tag’ and make them pay the price. If they continue to be ignored, not long from now, a pogrom will be carried out here on the Palestinians.”
Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) officials met with rabbis and educators from the religious-Zionist community on Sunday as part of an effort to reduce the number of hate crimes perpetrated by extremist settler youth.
According to a report on Kan News, officials involved in the meeting underlined the importance of countering what was described as a “growing problem,” although the identity of the rabbis and educators involved in the meeting was not disclosed.
There have been several reports recently of increased incidents of vandalism and so-called price-tag attacks by extremist elements in the settlement community, particularly in the Gush Etzion region.
Jeremy Sharon and Rachel Wolf contributed to this report.