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2 Israeli teens arrested over racist graffiti in East Jerusalem

Oct. 20, 2013 5:43 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 21, 2013 10:28 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police on Sunday arrested two teenage Israeli girls for suspected involvement in spraying racist slurs in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah last week, Israeli police said.

Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma'an that Jerusalem special patrol units arrested the two teens as part of an ongoing investigation into the incident.

The girls, aged 15 and 16, appeared before Jerusalem magistrate's court, he added.

In late September, Israeli extremists punctured the tires of six Palestinian vehicles in the East Jerusalem of Sheikh Jarrah.

Days later, suspected Israeli extremists vandalized a Christian cemetery in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, destroying a tombstone and spraying racist slogans on the outer walls of the Latin Monastery.

"Price Tag" attacks have targeted mosques, Palestinian homes and Israeli military installations in the occupied West Bank, but are generally less common within East Jerusalem.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law. The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which East Jerusalem forms a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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