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Suspected ‘price tag’ attacks reported in Jerusalem, West Bank

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(JTA) — The Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem was vandalized with slogans suggesting “price tag” attacks associated with extremist settlers.

The attack was one of several apparent “price tag” incidents on Friday.

The administrative director of the abbey, Simon Titta, told the Israeli news site Ynet that the perpetrators spray-painted “the Christians are apes” and “the Christians are slaves” on two cars parked outside the abbey. In addition, the tires of one of the cars 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 an unlicensed structure.

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

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

In another incident discovered Friday, 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, Eviatar says hello” on a nearby wall. Eviatar 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 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.

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