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Monastery torched in ‘price tag’ attack

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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


Posted by Dave Peters
09/07/2012  at  06:37 PM
Location, Location, Location

Latrun Monastery is on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, therefore well within the sacrosanct green line. It is not in the West Bank.

The police fortress nearby blocked the resupply of Jerusalem, necessitating the “Burma Road” by-pass. Attempts to take the police fortress resulted in the greatest losses of any battle in the War of Independence.

The ‘Price Tag’ attacks reflect the failure of the ‘settler’ movement to determine the government’s policies and actions.

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