Monastery torched in price tag attack

A Christian monastery in the West Bank about 15 miles from Jerusalem was vandalized and set afire in what appears to be a “price tag” attack.

The door of the Latrun Monastery was set on fire Sept. 4 and the names of West Bank outposts were spray-painted on the walls, as was the epithet “Jesus is a monkey.”

No one was injured. The Jerusalem District Police has opened an investigation.

Security forces had been on alert for potential price tag attacks in the wake of the evacuation of the Migron outpost on Sept. 2. Price tag refers to the strategy that extremists have adopted to exact a price in attacks on Palestinians and Arabs in retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions, or for Palestinian attacks on Jews. — jta