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Cut down trees Photo: Gil Yohanan
Cut down trees Photo: Gil Yohanan

Price tag: 20 olive trees cut down in J'lem

Unidentified assailants vandalize olive grove, leave 'price tag' sign; Jerusalem mayor condemns attack

Yair Altman
Published: 10.27.11, 22:01 / Israel News

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.


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העצים הכרותים. ברקת הביע הסתייגות (צילום: גיל יוחנן) 

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.




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