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Monastery torched in apparent price tag attack

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September 4, 2012 | 7:48 am

A worker sweeps in front of a torched door next to graffiti sprayed on a wall at the Latrun Monastery near Jerusalem September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A worker sweeps in front of a torched door next to graffiti sprayed on a wall at the Latrun Monastery near Jerusalem September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A Christian monastery was vandalized and set alight in what appears to be a price tag attack.

The door of the Latrun Monastery was set on fire early Tuesday morning, 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 in the attack, which occurred slightly after 3:30 a.m.

The Jerusalem District Police have opened an investigation into the attack.

Security forces had been on alert for potential price tag attacks in the wake of the evacuation of the Migron outpost on Sunday. 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.

Last week, Palestinian cars were torched and vandalized in a village near Ramallah. The words "Price Tag," "Migron" and "Revenge to Arabs" were spray painted on the cars.

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