The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has condemned as a â€œracist crimeâ€ an attack by extremist Israeli settlers on a Christian monastery near al-Quds (Jerusalem).
The condemnation came after the Israeli settlers burned the doors of Trappist Monastery in Latrun, Ayalon Valley, on Tuesday and wrote anti-Christian slogans on its walls.
In a Tuesday statement, Hamas called on regional and international communities to take action against such crimes in the occupied lands.
â€œThe organized crimes committed by this regime against the holy Islamic and Christian monuments show the real face of the racist Zionists,â€ the statement said.
On June 19, suspected extremist Israeli settlers torched a mosque and sprayed graffiti on its walls in the occupied West Bank.
The assailants wrote on the walls in Hebrew, â€œThe war has begunâ€ and â€œPay the price,â€ according to a resident.
On June 11, Israeli settlers damaged several Palestinian cars in East al-Quds.
In recent years, extremist Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank have often assaulted Palestinians and vandalized their property under the so-called â€œprice tagâ€ policy. However, the Tel Aviv regime rarely detains the assailants.
The extremists say the price tag attacks are carried out against any Israeli policy to â€˜reduce the presence of settlers and settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East al-Quds.â€™
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.