Two cars torched in West Bank price tag attack

Graffiti scrawled on wall in Palestinian village reading, "Jewish blood is not cheap. Tapauch is Kahana."

February 5, 2013 22:48
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Price tag saying "Jewish blood is not cheap" in Deir Jarir, February 5, 2013.

Price Tag "Jewish blood is not cheap" 370. (photo credit: Iyad Haddad/B’Tselem)

Two cars were set aflame and graffiti was sprayed on the wall in Deir Jarir, east of Ramallah, around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

The IDF and the non-governmental group B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, assumed that the perpetrators were Jewish extremists who carried out a “price tag” attack.

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On a wall next to one of the torched cars, vandals spraypainted the following statement in large, red Hebrew letters: “Jewish blood is not cheap. Tapuah is Kahane.”

They appeared to be referencing a Palestinian knife attack against a Jewish boy, 17, at Tapuah junction in the West Bank last week. Many supporters of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane live at the nearby Kfar Tapuah settlement.

The IDF said it viewed attacks such as the one in Deir Jarir very seriously and warned that they inflamed tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank, and distracted the army from its primary mission of fighting terrorism.

On Monday, Dani Dayan, the outgoing chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, warned that such attacks imperiled the future of the settlement movement.

Separately, on Tuesday, two soldiers were lightly wounded by Palestinian stone-throwers in the West Bank.

Palestinians also threw a Molotov cocktail at a military vehicle near Nablus.

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