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'Extremists' slash tires of 30 Palestinian cars in Jerusalem

Feb. 19, 2014 9:57 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 21, 2014 6:23 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Suspected Jewish extremists punctured the tires of 30 Palestinian vehicles and sprayed racist graffiti in East Jerusalem overnight, Israeli media and a police spokesman said.

According to the website of the Hebrew newspaper Maariv, the incident occurred in the Sharafat neighborhood near Beit Safafa, and was the second of its kind in Jerusalem in two weeks.

The report said the tires were slashed in a "price tag" attack against Palestinians.

Additionally, anti-Arab graffiti was found sprayed on nearby walls. "Arabs = thieves," the graffiti reads. "No coexistence."

Maariv reported that Israeli police had arrived in the area to open an investigation.

Two weeks ago, suspected Jewish extremists vandalized 17 Palestinian vehicles in East Jerusalem, slashing tires and spraying graffiti, the report said.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incident occurred near "the Gilo neighborhood."

"Tires were slashed," Rosenfeld said. "In graffiti it was written: 'Arabs are thieves.'"

He said police had opened an investigation into the incident.

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