Israeli police say vandals have slashed car tires and sprayed walls with anti-Arab graffiti in a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says 19 cars were damaged early on Monday in Silwan. He says police are investigating the incident 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.