Police are investigating two “price tag” attacks against Israeli Arabs, which are the latest in a string of hate crimes that have broken out through the country.
On Sunday morning the Afula police said that a Kafr Kana resident reported that vandals punctured the tires of his car and spray painted a Star of David on its door while the vehicle was parked in Yokne’am in the lower Galilee.
In a separate Sunday “price tag” attack in Kiryat Ye’arim, located outside of Jerusalem next to the Arab community of Abu Ghosh, vandals defaced a construction site shortly after a guard left the property for two hours during the early hours of the morning.
“In the middle of the night, shortly after the guard left, we believe that nationalistically motivated vandals sprayed graffiti on a tractor and nearby wall with the words “Price Tag” and “Kahane was right,’” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
Meir Kahane was a prominent and outspoken radical right-wing American-Israeli rabbi and former MK who advocated the expulsion of Arabs from Israel. He was murdered in New York City in 1990 at the age of 58 by the Egyptian-American El Sayyid Nosair.
Rosenfeld said police believe the construction site was targeted because it employs Arabs from Abu Ghosh.
In response to the rash of “price tag” attacks occurring throughout the country over the past few days, he said police are “assessing the steps necessary to prevent future incidents.”