Again there has been a suspected act of revenge against Arabs in the capital city: Vandals punctured the tires of five vehicles in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem, near the Red Cross building. On one of the vehicles they painted the phrase “price tag” and two other vehicles were spray-painted black.
Jerusalem Police opened an investigation, but no suspects have been arrested. The graffiti bore no specific references, so at this stage it is not clear what the motivation was.
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Former Shin Bet chief Carmi Gillon told Ynet last week, "The people behind these 'price tags' will produce the next Yigal Amir, if political progress is not made."
'Price tag' efers to the strategy that Jewish extremists have adopted to exact a price in attacks on Palestinians in retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions, or for Palestinian attacks on Jews.
Car with punctured tires, Sheikh Jarrah
Gillon said, "These guys are the ones who will be the Jewish underground, if the political process ripens into anything that involves giving up territory. We should decisively act against them, before they blow up the first church.”
According to Gillon, who led the Shin Bet at the time of the murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and served as head of the Jewish department within the organization, “Due to the fact that it (price tagging) borders on disruption of public order and terror, I see that it falls between the cracks, between the police and the Shin Bet. We must not let the issue of ‘price tags’ be ignored. Law enforcement and the political establishment are acting helpless in front of the phenomenon, which is very dangerous.”
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