The home of Peace Now official Hagit Ofran was vandalized with graffiti late
Monday night in a so-called “price-tag” attack. Her Jerusalem residence was
spray-painted with the words “Rabin is waiting for you” and “Hagit Ofran z’l”
(the Hebrew acronym for rest in peace). Swastikas were also spray-painted on the
Tuesday evening marks the Jewish anniversary of the
assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin at the hands of a right-wing
'Price tag' sprayed on Peace Now offices in Jerusalem
Jerusalem court issues first-ever 'price tag' indictment
Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that the police have
opened an investigation into the incident to find the perpetrators of the
“These people are trying to silence us and our work,” said Ofran,
who directs Peace Now’s Settlement Watch project. “There is a dispute in the
country on the future of the state, with people arguing from the right and the
left, and that’s fine. I’m sure that most of the settlers are against violence
attacks, but it’s not legitimate to try to close down an organization just
because it holds a specific political point of view.”
In response to the
attacks – as well as what the group called current threats to democracy and
freedom of the press – Peace Now held a demonstration Tuesday night outside the
Prime Minister’s Residence. According to Ofran, between 150-200 people turned up
On Sunday, Peace Now’s Jerusalem offices were sprayed with
graffiti in a similar incident, and the suspected perpetrator of the attack
spoke through the intercom and said that a bomb had been hidden in the building
and would explode in 10 minutes.
Back in September, Ofran’s residence was
spraypainted with the messages “Migron forever,” “price tag” and “Peace Now –
the end is near.”
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Monday issued the
first-ever indictment for a “price tag” operation, charging two 18-year-olds and
a minor in connection to two incidents that occurred in March.
suspects included 18-year-old Hillel Leibowitz of Hebron, 18-year-old Yisrael
Katz of Sde Eliezer, and an unnamed minor from the center of Israel.
Hartman contributed to this report.