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US labels settler violence as terrorism

Aug. 19, 2012 10:39 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2012 10:41 P.M.)
Correction appended

TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- In its annual report on terrorism around the world, the US State Department cited violence by Israeli settlers towards Palestinians as terrorist incidents.

The 2011 US Country Report on Terrorism cites three suspected "price tag" attacks as terrorist incidents, including the vandalism of Jerusalem's Mamilla cemetery, and arson attacks on mosques in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Price tag refers to the retribution settlers say they will exact for any attempt by the Israeli government to curb settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Meanwhile the US State Department spokeswoman condemned "in the strongest possible terms" an assault south of Bethlehem on Thursday which left a family of five seriously injured after Israeli settlers hurled Molotov cocktails at their car.

"We note that the government of Israel has also condemned this heinous attack and pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice. We look to Israeli law enforcement officials to do so expeditiously," Victoria Nuland said on Friday.

The first version of this article erroneously stated that the 2011 report was the first time the US labeled settler violence as terrorism.

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