An Arab Israeli man looks at the punctured tyres of his vehicle in Abu Ghosh, west of Jerusalem, on June 18, 2013
An Arab Israeli man speaks on his mobile phone as he looks at the punctured tyres of his vehicle in the Arab Israeli town of Abu Ghosh, west of Jerusalem on June 18, 2013. Vandals slashed the tyres of six cars in an Arab neighbourhood of east Jerusalem, a police spokeswoman said on Tuesday morning, in an apparent racist attack. © Ahmad Gharabli - AFP/File
An Arab Israeli man looks at the punctured tyres of his vehicle in Abu Ghosh, west of Jerusalem, on June 18, 2013
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Last updated: August 27, 2013

Vandals slash car tyres in east Jerusalem

Vandals slashed the tyres of six cars in an Arab neighbourhood of east Jerusalem, a police spokeswoman said on Tuesday morning, in an apparent racist attack.

"The tyres of six cars belonging to Arabs were found slashed in Beit Safafa," police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.

"The words 'price tag' and 'revenge' were spray-painted onto some of them," she wrote.

"Price tag" is the name used for Jewish extremist hate crimes that generally target Arabs.

Unknown assailants threw a Molotov cocktail at a Roman Catholic monastery in Israel last week and scrawled Hebrew graffiti on its walls, reading "Gentiles perish" and "revenge".

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

The Israeli cabinet has defined "price tag" suspects as part of "unlawful organisations", stopping short of the original justice ministry proposal to call their acts "terrorism".

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