Price tag vandals target Arab property in J'lem

Vandals puncture tires of 7 cars in Palestinian refugee camp in east Jerusalem, spray-pain "Ulpana" on 1.

'Price tag' attack in Nebi Samuel 390 (photo credit: Piras Alami / Yesh Din)
'Price tag' attack in Nebi Samuel 390
(photo credit: Piras Alami / Yesh Din)
Seven cars belonging to Arab residents of the Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem were vandalized overnight Sunday. In an apparent "price tag" attack, vandals spray-painted "Ulpana" on one of the cars and punctured the tires of seven. Last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu blocked Knesset legislation that would have stopped the demolition of unauthorized settler homes – paving the way for the evacuation of five buildings on private Palestinian land in the Ulpana neighborhood, on the outskirts of Beit El.

In return for the evacuation of parts of Ulpana, the government announced authorization of 851 new homes in West Bank settlements.

Sunday night's price-tag attack is the second since the government decided to comply with the High Court ruling and evacuate the Ulpana outpost. On Friday, vandals attacked the Jewish-Arab coexistence village of Neveh Shalom near Latrun, slashing the tires of 14 cars and spray-painting anti-Arab messages on the elementary school, public buildings and three cars. In a separate incident of vandalism Sunday night, graffiti saying, "Hitler, thank you for the Holocaust" was sprayed at to the entrance to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem.
The police opened an investigation into the incident.
Melanie Lidman contributed to this article