Police are trying to piece together who is targeting singer Haim Moshe, after a stun grenade was thrown at his house late Monday night, the second such attack on Moshe’s home in the past eight months.
The grenade shook Yermiyahu Street in Ramat Hasharon late Monday night, but no one was injured and no damage was caused. Police and bomb squad officers arrived at the scene and began collecting evidence, but as yet have not made any arrests.
In June, a stun grenade was thrown at Moshe’s house while the singer was home, but again no one was harmed and the grenade did no damage. Moshe did not file a police report following that incident and has told police he has no idea who could seek to cause him harm.
Haim Moshe was born to Yemenite parents in Ramat Hasharon in 1956 and became one of Israel’s most influential Mizrahi singers by the 1980s, long before the music style became mainstream in Israel. His recordings have also achieved some success in the Arab world.
Stun grenades make a great deal of noise but rarely cause damage. Organized crime families and petty criminals alike often use them as a non-lethal tool of intimidation. They are often used as a warning that precedes more destructive means.
In October 2000, a fragmentation grenade was thrown at the office of popular singer Sarit Hadad’s agent. No one was hurt in the attack, but the office was lightly damaged. In September 2004, Amichai Hudfi was convicted of the crime and sentenced to 15 months in prison.
In Hudfi’s trial, it was found that a Tel Aviv club owner hired him to throw the grenade following Hadad’s agent’s refusal to have the singer continue to perform at the venue.