Some 20 olive trees that belong to a resident of Jerusalem's Arab neighborhood Beit Safafa were cut down Thursday. A sign printed with the slogan "price tag" was left on the premises. Police launched an investigation into the case.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat condemned the incident.
Damage at olive grove Thursday (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
"We must show zero tolerance for violence of all kinds, and continue preserving coexistence in the city," he said.
The mayor's advisor on Arab affairs met with the owners of the olive grove and conveyed Barkat's consternation at the act.
Israeli Arabs have fallen target to a series of hostile acts in recent weeks, including the desecration of a Jaffa cemetery
and the torching of a mosque in the Upper Galilee village of Tuba Zangaria.
The flurry of anti-Arab vandalism has prompted some IDF officials to define "price tag" operations as terrorism.