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Suspected Jewish vandals hit 45 East Jerusalem cars

A man walks past a bus sprayed with graffiti, reading in Hebrew "Gentiles in Israel = enemies", in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina March 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Suspected Jewish extremists punctured the tires of dozens of Palestinian cars in occupied East Jerusalem Monday in the latest so-called “price tag” hate crime, police and an AFP correspondent said.

The attack took place in Beit Hanina, a Palestinian neighborhood in the northern sector of East Jerusalem, with Hebrew graffiti on a nearby bus reading “Gentiles in the land are enemies.”

Police said the tires of 34 cars were punctured, but an AFP correspondent at the scene placed the number at 45, noting all four wheels of each car were slashed.

Local residents told AFP that security cameras at the site showed that a group of men perpetrated the crime, which bore the hallmarks of a “price tag” attack, a euphemism for hate crimes that generally target Palestinians.

Initially carried out against Palestinians in retaliation for state moves to dismantle unauthorized settler outposts, the attacks have since become a much broader phenomenon with racist and xenophobic overtones.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 25, 2014, on page 9.

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