Tag Mehir graffiti 370.
(photo credit: Iyad Hadad, B'tselem)
Police are investigating whether Israeli extremists are responsible for setting
two cars ablaze Friday, in the second alleged “price tag” attack in east
Jerusalem in roughly three weeks.
According to Police spokesman Ch.-Insp.
Micky Rosenfeld, the words “price tag” were found spray-painted on a wall near
where the fire was set in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
arrived at the scene in the early hours of Friday and found two vehicles set on
fire,” he said Saturday.
“One was completely destroyed and the other was
partly burned. A forensics unit also arrived [to study the
Rosenfeld said no one was injured in the attack and no
arrests have been made, although a formal investigation has been opened into the
On May 23, five vehicles parked on one of the main streets in the
east Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo were also vandalized in an alleged price tag
Police said the tires of all five vehicles, parked on Shahar
Street, were slashed late in the night, and one of the cars was spray-painted
with the words “price tag.” Price-tag attacks are defined as acts of violence
and vandalism against Palestinians or Israeli security forces by radical Israeli
settlers to exact a “price” from both parties for any actions believed to be
taken against their settlements.
Friday’s vandalism is the latest in an
escalating pattern of similar attacks that have forced politicians to reconsider
their handling of the growing problem.
Last month Justice Minister Tzipi
Livni, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Attorney-General Yehuda
Weinstein and members of the IDF, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the
State Attorney’s Office held a meeting to discuss the escalating
Participants at the meeting discussed harsher steps to deter
such incidents, including legally defining “price-tag” incidents as acts of
terror, according to sources.
In the past, Weinstein had opposed such a
legal definition, but according to sources, he is weighing shifting that
opinion, given that the legal deterrents currently available to police have not
been sufficient to halt these crimes.