Jewish extremists target car, olive trees in 'price tag' attacks
Published Sunday 04/05/2014 (updated) 07/05/2014 10:32
Israeli soldiers stand as Palestinian men plant an olive tree in the
village of Burin in the occupied West Bank on March 30, 2014
(AFP/File Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Two "price tag" attacks occurred on Saturday, one in the West Bank and one in northern Israel, media reported.
According to the Israeli news site Ynet, a car in the northern city of Akka was found with its tires slashed and vandalized with graffiti.
The words "price tag" were written on the car, along with a star of David, Ynet reported.
Police have opened an investigation into the incident.
Also Saturday, suspected Jewish extremists uprooted dozens of olive trees in a Palestinian-owned field in the West Bank, Israeli police said.
"Twenty-five olive trees were uprooted and sawn up in a field belonging to Palestinians near Bat Ayin" in the Israeli settlement bloc of Gush Etzion south of Jerusalem, police spokeswoman Louba Samri told AFP.
She said graffiti reading "price tag" and "Arab thieves" was found at the scene.
"Price tag" is a term used by Israeli extremists for attacks on Palestinians and their property, often in response to Israeli moves to dismantle settlements.
Similar graffiti was found Friday on a Muslim grave near the northern Israeli coastal city of Haifa.
The State Department's 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism included "price tag" attacks for the first time, citing UN figures of some "399 attacks by extremist Israeli settlers that resulted in Palestinian injuries or property damage."
Such attacks were "largely prosecuted," it said.
Over 90 percent of investigations into settler violence by Israeli police fail to lead to an indictment, according to the UN figures.
More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.
AFP contributed to this report.