Israelis torch Palestinian car, slash tires of five others

Published Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Suspected Jewish extremists slashed the tires of five Palestinian-owned cars in Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem overnight, a police spokeswoman and local media said on Tuesday.

Separately in the occupied West Bank village of Burin, near Nablus, Israeli settlers set fire to a car, Ma'an news agency cited a Palestinian Authority official as saying.

"Five vehicles were vandalized close to the Old City at the entrance to the Silwan neighborhood, and the slogan 'price tag' written on a wall nearby," spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

Initially carried out against Palestinians in "retaliation" for their filing lawsuits against Israel to reclaim stolen land occupied by settlers, price tag attacks have become a much broader phenomenon with racist and xenophobic overtones.

And in the northern West Bank, Ma'an reported that settlers from the illegal Yizhar outpost torched a car belonging to a Palestinian man at the entrance of the northern West Bank village of Burin, according to official Ghassan Daghlas who documents settler crimes.

Tuesday's attacks come two days after police caught four Israelis red-handed as they destroyed Christian tombstones in a Palestinian cemetery in Jerusalem cemetery.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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