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Police: Vandals spray graffiti on mosque in northern Israel, apparent act by extremists

Police say vandals have sprayed graffiti on a mosque in northern Israel in an attack blamed on a fringe group of Jewish extremists.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says a Star of David was spray-painted on the walls of a mosque in the Arab town of Fureidis, along with a slogan reading "close mosques and not yeshivas," or Jewish seminaries.

He says the Tuesday morning attack appears to be the latest "price tag" incident. The phrase is used by a small group of Jewish extremists 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 by vandals in recent years. The acts have been condemned by Israeli leaders across the political spectrum.