Two teens arrested in suspected ‘price tag’ attack near Tomb of Simeon the Just 30Sep13 September 30, 2013

Haaretz     -      29 September 2013

136762433Police arrested two Jewish teenagers over the weekend for damaging the cars of eight Arab residents in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neigborhood.

Sheikh Jarrah has been the site of repeated protests against the planned eviction of a Palestinian family living there and against Jewish settlement in the area.

The cars appear to have been scratched Saturday night with keys and a screwdriver near the Tomb of Simeon the Just. The two suspects, aged 14 and 16, were arrested shortly afterward, but have not answered police questions.

Police are investigating whether the incident was an anti-Arab hate crime that has come to be known as a “price tag” attack and whether the suspects were involved in a similar incident in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo last week, in which the tires of seven cars were punctured. The words “price tag” were spray-painted on one of the cars. 

After the Gilo attack, a Sheikh Jarrah man said he heard noise outside his house at around 4 A.M. and saw two ultra-Orthodox youths running away.

Seven vehicles belonging to Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem were vandalized just a week ago, also on a Saturday night, in the third so-called price tag attack in the neighborhood in as many months.

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