'Price tag' graffiti
Photo: Mannal Jabari

Ruling: 'Price tag' acts akin to terror

Supreme Court renders precedent-setting ruling allowing authorities to apply some of the legal practices used in terror cases to 'price tag' cases

The State is bolstering its actions against Jewish terror: The Supreme Court rendered a precedent-setting ruling Wednesday, in the case of three "price tag" suspects, saying they could not meet with their attorneys.


The three were arrested earlier this week after setting a Palestinian car on fire and spraying "price tag" on its surroundings.


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A legal source told Ynet that the ruling effectively likened such "price tag" acts to acts of terror.


According to the source, the ruling represents the State Prosecutor's Office's new policy: "This move aims to illustrate the severity in which the legal system views 'price tag' acts."


He added that it was part of the "new gears" in the fight against ideologically-motivated crime.


(צילום: דוברות מחוז ש"י)

The torched car (Photo: Judea Subdistrict Police)


A court order barring suspects from meeting with their legal representatives is highly unusual and is practiced, for the most part, only by the Shin Bet, in terror or security-related cases.


The suspects' lawyers sought to overturn the ruling, filing a motion to that effect with the Jerusalem District Court, but were denied.


Attorney Yehuda Shoshan, who represents one of the suspects, protested the ruling: "None of the articles of the law – which was formulated to battle Arab terror against the state – mentions arson.


"I doubt the legislator ever thought this law would be used against three youngsters who sprayed graffiti as revenge against Arabs," he added.


The Supreme Court, he stressed, "Made it clear that this move was only viable for three days."



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