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Police: Suspected Jewish vandals burn cars in West Bank, spray graffiti against Kerry

  • Palestinians wave their national flag as they await the release of Palestinian prisoners in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Israel released more than two dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted in deadly attacks against Israelis early Tuesday as part of a U.S.-brokered package to restart Mideast peace talks. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)The Associated Press

  • Palestinian woman wait for the release of prisoners at the checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Hanoun between north of Gaza Strip and Israel, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Israel and the Palestinians are gearing up for the expected release by Israel of 26 of the longest-serving Palestinian prisoners. Israel has agreed to release the men, who were all convicted in deadly attacks of Israelis, as part of a U.S.-brokered package to restart peace talks. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)The Associated Press

  • Relatives of Israelis killed in attacks by Palestinian militants, hold photos of victims during a demonstration against the release of 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners, in Jerusalem, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Israel and the Palestinians are gearing up for the expected release by Israel of 26 of the longest-serving Palestinian prisoners. Israel has agreed to release the men, who were all convicted in deadly attacks of Israelis, as part of a U.S.-brokered package to restart peace talks. (AP Photo/Olivier Fitoussi) ISRAEL OUTThe Associated Press

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, receives released Palestinian prisoners during a welcome ceremony after their arrival at the Palestinian headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Israel released more than two dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted in deadly attacks against Israelis early Tuesday as part of a U.S.-brokered package to restart Mideast peace talks. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)The Associated Press

Israeli police say suspected Jewish vandals have set fire to three vehicles in a West Bank village and sprayed threatening graffiti referencing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of his expected visit to the region.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says vandals early on Tuesday sprayed Hebrew graffiti saying, "Blood will spill in Judea and Samaria," the Israeli term for the West Bank, and also, "Regards to Kerry."

Rosenfeld says the vandals then fled the Palestinian village of Jilazoun. He says police are investigating.

The vandalism came as Israel released more than two dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted in deadly attacks against Israelis as part of a U.S.-sponsored deal to restart Mideast peace talks.

Kerry is visiting the region later this week to propose a framework for a final status Israel-Palestinian agreement.