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Israel: Vandals spray hate graffiti, slogans against Israeli-Palestinian talks on monastery

Israeli police say vandals have scrawled hate graffiti on a Catholic monastery in central Israel and slashed the tires of nearby cars.

Police say the vandalism at the Deir Rafat monastery took place on Tuesday. The monastery's outer walls were sprayed with hate graffiti and slogans against Mideast peace talks with the Palestinians.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says police are investigating and searching for suspects.

Extremist Jewish settlers have been carrying out acts of vandalism in recent years in retaliation for Palestinian attacks and to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government's pro-Palestinian policies.

Mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases have been targeted in these so-called "price tag" assaults.

The attacks have been widely condemned by Israeli leaders across the political spectrum.

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