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Car tires slashed and graffiti sprayed in East Jerusalem 'hate crimes'

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Car tires slashed and graffiti sprayed in East Jerusalem 'hate crimes'
Palestinians stand near a vehicle with it's tires slashed and a Star of David sprayed on the side, in a suspected 'Price Tag" attack by right-wing Jews, in Beit Hanina, Israel, June 24, 2013. Tires were slashed on 21 vehicles and a Star of David sprayed on a van overnight in the fourth suspected 'Price Tag" attack in a month. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said such nationalistic crimes against Arabs go against the values of Judaism and Israel. UPI/Debbie Hill | License Photo

BEIT HANINA, Israel, June 24 (UPI) -- About 21 vehicles had tires slashed and graffiti was sprayed on walls Monday in what police described as racially motivated hate crimes in East Jerusalem.

The vandalism was reported in the Beit Hanina Arab neighborhood, investigators said.

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Police said the incident, second in a week, was an an apparent "price tag" attack, Israel Radio reported.

The term "price tag" is used to describe acts of random violence by Jewish extremists against Palestinian and Arab properties.

Assailants painted the Star of David on a car and "We will not remain silent about stone-throwing" was spray-painted on a wall in Beit Hanina, The Times of Israel said.

Last week the tires of 28 vehicles were slashed and graffiti sprayed on walls in the Arab village of Abu Ghosh, located outside Jerusalem.

Nearly two weeks ago, the Security Cabinet approved measures enabling authorities to prosecute "price tag" attacks but fell short of describing them as acts of terrorism.

Shaul Mofaz, former defense minister and Knesset member, said on Israel Radio, "Such acts are pure terror and should be treated as such."

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