price tag graffiti mosque 311 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)
A 26-year-old man from the West Bank settlement of Eli was arrested on Monday on
suspicion of being involved in a vandalism and sabotage attack on an IDF base
earlier this month.
On September 7, anonymous vandals broke into the
Hativat Binyamin army base in Beit El, tagging at least 10 military vehicles
with the Hebrew words “price tag” and “greetings from Migron,” referring to a
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The vandals also punctured tires, smashed car windows and cut
cables. The attack followed a spate of incidents targeting Palestinian mosques
During questioning, the suspect has so far denied any links
to the incident.
The Israel Police has assembled a special task force
made up of officers from the Serious and International Crimes Unit and Judea and
The team has been tasked by Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino to
track down and indict farright activists behind the socalled “price tag”
On Sunday, Danino said he was unsatisfied
with the lack of
indictments against ‘price tag’ suspects, citing limitations on Judea and
Samaria police district forces in the complex arena of the West Bank. He added,
however, that he was optimistic that the new task force would bring about
“These acts are so dangerous and harmful on a national level.
They can result in an escalation, and this is the last thing the country needs,”
Sources close to the suspect said he was a Russian immigrant
and secular. They added that he sometimes “told fibs and showed off” but “isn’t
really connected to price tag.”
The sources added that the arrest was
made to “please the police commissioner,” and claimed that police wiretapped the
suspect’s phone before making the arrest.Tovah Lazaroff contributed to