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Israeli police: Arab area of Jerusalem vandalized

Monday - 3/24/2014, 5:13am  ET

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say vandals have slashed car tires and sprayed a bus with hate graffiti in a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says 34 cars were found damaged early on Monday in Beit Hanina.

She says one bus had the words "non-Jews in Israel = (equal) enemies" scrawled on it. Samri says police are investigating the incident and searching for suspects.

Extremist Jewish settlers have been carrying out acts of vandalism in recent years, in retaliation for Palestinian attacks and to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government's pro-Palestinian policies.

Mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases have been targeted in these so-called "price tag" assaults. The attacks have been widely condemned by Israeli leaders across the political spectrum.

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