In first incident, police detain two Jewish teenagers for vandalizing vehicles in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood • Later on Sunday, four young Jewish men arrested after smashing headstones in a Christian cemetery on Mount Zion.
Efrat Forsher, Israel Hayom Staff and Reuters
A damaged headstone in a Christian cemetery on Mount Zion, Sunday
Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel
Police apprehended six suspects in two separate "price tag" incidents in Jerusalem on Sunday. The suspects were caught during the commission of the acts.
In the first incident, which took place very early Sunday morning, police on patrol in east Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood arrested two Jewish teenagers, who appeared to be ultra-Orthodox, after they were seen vandalizing vehicles with a key and screwdriver.
Later on Sunday, police spotted four young Jewish men smashing headstones in a Christian cemetery on Mount Zion near the Old City. The men, ages 17 to 26, were caught and arrested after a short pursuit by police.
Several of the headstones, some of which dated back to the early 1900s, had their stone crosses broken off.
"Their motive was nationalistic," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said of the four suspects, two of whom are residents of Judea and Samaria.
"Price tag" is a term coined by extremist elements within the settler population in Judea and Samaria for acts of vandalism, intimidation and violence as a reaction to the Israeli government's removal of outposts, roadblocks, and other perceived anti-settler actions, and in reaction to Palestinian acts of violence.