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(photo credit: Courtesy Israel Police)
A series of “price-tag” attacks were carried out on Wednesday morning, targeting
Palestinian property in the Jordan Valley and east Jerusalem.
Palestinian village of Zubeidat, one vehicle was set ablaze and three more were
damaged in an attempt to set them alight late Tuesday night, Judea and Samaria
police said. At the scene the words “30 for Evyatar” were found spray-painted on
a wall, an apparent reference to the 30-day anniversary of the murder of Evyatar
Borovsky, a settler stabbed to death at the Tapuah junction in the West
Also in the Jordan Valley, unknown perpetrators attempted to torch
four cars in the village of Marj Najah. Minor damage was caused to the cars,
police said, adding that graffiti reading “Regards from Evyatar may God avenge
his blood” was found written next to the scene.
Meanwhile, in east
Jerusalem, three vehicles were found with their tires punctured at the entrance
to the Shuafat Palestinian refugee camp, Wednesday morning. Graffiti similar to
that in the Jordan Valley was found at the scene, including the words “price
tag” and “Evyatar” painted on two of the vehicles.
into the incidents have been handed over to the special anti-nationalist crimes
task force of the Israel Police, while the Judea and Samaria branch of the YAMAR
investigative unit will probe the incidents in the Jordan Valley.
Monday, YAMAR Negev and the anti-price-tag task force arrested six minors – five
of them aged 15 years and one aged 12 – accused of a series of property and drug
crimes and of throwing rocks at Palestinian cars. The five were taken to court
and released on house arrest on Tuesday.
Also Tuesday, the price-tag unit
and officers from the Judea and Samaria branch of the “YASSAM” special patrol
unit arrested five people, two of them minors, as they were allegedly fleeing
the scene after setting a Palestinian field on fire near the Zis junction in the
Earlier in May, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Public Security
Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein held a
meeting to discuss price-tag incidents and violence and harassment by Israeli
Jews against Arabs, along with representatives from the IDF, the Shin Bet
(Israel Security Agency) and the State Attorney’s Office.
In a statement
issued by Livni and Aharonovitch’s offices, the ministries said Aharonovitch,
Livni and Weinstein “see eye to eye on the need for more serious steps to be
taken [against perpetrators] of such attacks.”
They added that they “see
the severity of price-tag attacks seeping into Israel and the danger inherent in
damaging relations with Arab-Israelis.”
Harsher measures were discussed
at the meeting, including legally defining price-tag attacks as acts of
Weinstein has been opposed to such a legal definition in the
past, but according to sources, he is weighing shifting that opinion, due to the
failure by the current legal deterrents to halt these crimes.