Price tag attack on Jaffa restaurant.
(photo credit: Sami Abu Shehade Office)
Unknown assailants on Monday night carried out a suspected “price tag” attack in
Jaffa, spraying right-wing graffiti on a restaurant in the city, and attempting
to set the building on fire.
Employees who came to open the Abu al-Abed
restaurant on the city’s Yefet Street said they found a small fire still
smoldering inside the kitchen of the restaurant and outside the words “price
tag” and “Kahane was right” written in spray paint on the outside of the
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Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that the investigation is
ongoing and police are examining all possible angles, including that it was a
criminal, rather than ideological act.
Restaurant manager Jerry Saba told
The Jerusalem Post Monday morning the eatery was open Sunday night until 11:30
p.m. as usual, and that several neighbors told him they heard a loud noise of
some sort around 3 a.m.
Saba said when workers arrived at the restaurant
they found a small flame still burning in the kitchen and shortly thereafter
discovered the graffiti. The floor and wall behind the kitchen’s grill were
scorched and covered in soot on Monday afternoon, and there appeared to be some
smoke damage on the kitchen ceiling as well.
Saba said the restaurant,
which was closed on Monday to clean-up damage from the incident, has been open
since 1949 and that it has always been a place of co-existence.
that in his estimation around 90 percent of the customers are
“We’ve been open since 1949 and have always been a place of
tranquility, and suddenly you have people from outside who come and do something
like this,” said Saba.
Tel Aviv-Jaffa city councilman Sami Abu-Shehada
was at the restaurant on Monday, and pointed a finger at police, who he accused
of not doing enough to arrest pricetag perpetrators.
“We have been
warning that the people who do pricetag actions will not stop until the Israel
police and the Israeli government make them pay a serious price for these
activities. Until now they haven’t paid a price and this encourages them to
continue what they’re doing.”
He blamed what he referred to as
“settlers,” a group of national religious youth and rabbis who have recently
arrived in Jaffa for bringing such activities to the area.
“I think that
the settlers who came to Jaffa, in their ideology they want to wipe the Green
Line from the map, and this is what they’re doing. They are continuing the
activities that happen in the West Bank here inside the Green
Abu-Shehadeh also said he did not believe the action could have
been a criminal act stemming from a dispute involving the business owners,
saying “I am very close friends with the owner of the restaurant and if he’d had
any such problems I would have known about it.”
In early October,far-right graffiti was found spray-painted
on headstones in two cemeteries in
Jaffa, including the messages “price tag” and “death to Arabs.”
“death to Russians – G.A. 02” were also spray-painted in the
Police said the incident was “linked to a soccer group,” and
that they were not convinced it was carried out by right-wing
No one has been arrested in connection to the incident.