Vandals have slashed car tyres and sprayed walls with anti-Arab graffiti in a predominantly Arab neighbourhood in Jerusalem, Israeli police said.

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Extremist Jewish settlers have been carrying out acts of vandalism in recent years.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 19 cars were damaged early today in Silwan. He said 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 against 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.