Right-wing graffiti in W. Bank village of Al-Jeniya 390.
(photo credit: Ayyad Hadad / BTselem)
The central district attorney filed an indictment in the Petah Tikva District
Juvenile Court on Thursday, charging a minor from the West Bank with a “price
tag” attack against Palestinian property last month.
The indictment says
the defendant conspired with others to carry out the February 16 attack in Nabi
Ilyas near Kalkilya, in which he set fire to a Hyundai car and a home belonging
to a Palestinian man.
The defendant – who cannot be identified because he
is a minor – allegedly then sprayed the words “price tag” on a wall near the
scene of the attack.
Immediately afterward, the indictment says, the
defendant and the others involved in the attack drove to the exit of the village
where a police patrol vehicle issued a message via loudspeaker, ordering the him
to pull over and stop.
A car chase ensued, as the defendant and his
friends tried to escape by driving at a reckless speed, refusing to stop even
though several police cars were in pursuit, the indictment said.
their high-speed escape, the defendant allegedly threw various items from the
car, including rubber gloves, a box of matches, stones and a can of spray
When the defendant’s car reached a police checkpoint, the driver
drove straight through, slashing its tires on security spikes placed on the
road, the indictment said.
With three of the car’s tires slashed, the
defendant and the others managed to drive only for several hundred meters more,
before abandoning the car and fleeing on foot along the road’s hard shoulder,
the indictment continued.
A police spokesman said after the attack that
the police used the vehicle to track down its owner, and arrested him a day
The Nabi Ilyas attack was one of a string of “price tag” attacks,
which have mostly targeted Palestinian property but have also targeted left-wing
groups and IDF property.
Also in February, extremists vandalized Peace
Now’s Jerusalem offices, spraying “No leftists, no terrorist attacks” on the
fence outside of the office in the German Colony neighborhood.
before that, two cars and a stone fence at the Monastery of the Cross, near the
capital’s Nayot neighborhood and below the Israel Museum, were covered with
anti-Christian graffiti and the cars’ tires were slashed. “Jesus, drop dead,”
“Death to Christians” and “Kahane was right,” the vandals wrote. They called
themselves “The Maccabees of Migron,” in a reference to the Migron outpost in
the West Bank, and sprayed-painted the words “price tag.”
attacked the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish- Arab Education elementary school in
Jerusalem’s Patt neighborhood, where they spray-painted “Kahane was right” and
“Death to Arabs” on the wall.Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this