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JERUSALEM – Of the 200 seedlings planted by Moni Shama in the Greek Orthodox Gardens on Jerusalem's Mount Zion, seven are left. The remainder has been torn, burned, or otherwise destroyed
Shama has also grappled with the distortion of the gardens and verbal harassment and abuse that he and the church officials accuse of Jewish extremists. He said he was tidied up after vandals wrote antichristian spells at his gates, set fire to the seminary and dumped old furniture and garbage in an underground shrine on the site.
"Sometimes they tell me that I am an abomination", Shama
He describes a hate crime, often referred to as the "price tag" attack, in which Jewish extremists set fire to or profane property of Palestinians or left-wing Israelis. The name refers to the price that the extremists seek to extract for the loss of each outpost.
Experts and officials warn that practice in Israel and the occupied West Bank is increasing as hardline elements of Israeli society are increasingly encouraged. 19659004] Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency, has so far recorded 13 such incidents in the West Bank of Israel this year – out of a total of eight in 2017. Last year, there were 105 charges against Israeli officials compared to 23 this year. 19659004] The figures for the West Bank show an increase in hate crimes against Christian and Muslim Arabs across Israel in addition to the occupied territories, according to Nidal Othman, executive director of Coalition Against Racism, stationed in Haifa and prosecuting such attacks
He estimates that there has been a two-fold increase in attacks in the Palestinian territories over the past three years.
On Monday, several cars were devastated in a city near Ramallah The West Bank – One of the Worst Anti-Arab Hate Crimes This Week
Earlier this month, Israeli police opened an investigation into the Attempt to set fire to a mosque in the village of Aqraba in the West Bank. The door of the mosque was scorched by flames, and red graffiti on a nearby wall read "price tag."
A police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said the incident was carried out by radical Jewish groups with nationalist motives  "She is 9 years old and I would like her to grow up at least a little before I explain that one bad group – not Jews, but a bad group – that did. "
"She's 9 years old and I want her to grow up at least a little before I explain that a bad group – not a Jew but a bad group – did that."