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Cars torched after Israeli settlers beaten

Palestinians inspects a burned car in the village of Madama, near Nablus in the West Bank, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.(AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Suspected Jewish extremists torched two cars near the West Bank city of Nablus Wednesday, police said, a day after Palestinians beat and detained Israeli settlers in a nearby village.

The vandals also scrawled Hebrew graffiti, including the words “price tag” on a wall in Madameh village, west of Nablus, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

“Price tag” is the euphemism for anti-Palestinian attacks by Jewish extremists, which often take place after unrest in the West Bank.

The incident came a day after Palestinians beat and detained around a dozen settlers in Jalud village, south of Nablus. The attack was a response to settlers throwing stones at farmers, Palestinian officials said.

Palestinian security sources said the settlers, some of whom were masked, were attacked after earlier clashes in the nearby village of Qusra.

Their release was eventually negotiated by Israeli soldiers, an AFP correspondent said.

Price tag attacks were initially in retaliation for state moves to dismantle settler outposts, but have broadened in scope recently to become a standard response to anything perceived as anti-Israeli.

The area around Nablus is the scene of frequent clashes between Palestinians and Jewish settlers.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 09, 2014, on page 9.

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