Hate crime in Jerusalem: Four Jewish youth, aged 17-26, were arrested on Sunday after allegedly smashing 15 gravestones in the Christian
cemetery at King David's Tomb
complex in the capital. Patrol officers from the David District were on location at the time to prevent the events from developing into a full-fledged ‘price tag’ act and captured the suspects at the time of the act.
The team of four police officers heard the shattering of tombstones as large rocks were thrown at them. The officers observed four suspects who fled the location, and police stopped them after a short chase.
According to the Jerusalem District Police, two of the suspects are associated with the ‘Hilltop Youth,’
and had previously been expelled from the West Bank. The four were brought in for questioning at the Central Unit’s nationalistic crimes investigation unit.
The police describe the incident as ‘price tag’ activity in the fullest sense of the term. Jerusalem District Police
Commander Yossi Pariente praised the officers work, and said the police viewed the incident very seriously.
Earlier Sunday, two Jewish youth, aged 14 and 16, were arrested under suspicion of causing damage to eight Arab-owned vehicles near the Tomb of Simeon the Just,
also in Jerusalem. An investigation by the Shalem Station found that the two had scratched vehicles, causing minor damage.
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