London assessing racist attacks in Israel

June 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

LONDON, June 21 (UPI) -- The British government said Friday it was discussing the progress of judicial action taken in response to violence in the Middle East with Israeli officials.

The Israeli government this week condemned apparent hate crimes in an Arab village as uncharacteristic of Jewish principles. The Jerusalem Post reported vandals sprayed anti-Arab slogans on the walls of the Arab village of Abu Ghosh outside of Jerusalem early this week.

The acts of vandalism were dubbed "price tag" attacks in reference to crimes typically carried out by Jewish extremists against Palestinian property.

British Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said Friday he condemned the incidents. He said "racist graffiti" and acts of vandalism are becoming part of a worrying trend in the region.

"We are discussing progress in prosecuting the perpetrators of such attacks and the need for decisive action during the visit this week of the Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein," he said in a statement.

The U.S. State Department this week issued a travel advisory for Israel and the West Bank, warning U.S. citizens of the need to monitor their surroundings and avoid the Gaza Strip altogether.

"The security environment remains complex in Israel and the West Bank, and U.S. citizens need to be aware of the continuing risks of travel to these areas," the warning said.

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