October 3, 2012
Jerusalem Monastery Suffers Graffiti in Latest "Price-Tag" Attack
St. Francis vandalism is latest in series of attacks supporting unauthorized settlements in the West Bank.
In the latest case of vandalism against a Christian building in Israel, police suspect Jewish extremists of spray painting the words "price tag", along with other offensive phrases, on the Monastery of St. Francis, located near Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
Israeli president Shimon Peres condemned the incident, saying that price-tag attacks are "contrary to the Jewish religion and cause great harm to Israel. Holy sites must not be harmed."
Price-tag attacks are part of a campaign that has been ongoing for years. The most recent attacks have come in response to police evacuations of illegal Jewish encampments in the West Bank. Israeli settlers say they will exact a "price tag” for their government's attempts to remove them from the territory.