Two smoke grenades were thrown into a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Beitillu Tuesday morning, in what is suspected to be a Jewish terror attack. The home was occupied by two parents and their nine-month-old son. No one was reportedly hurt in the attack.
Civil Administration officials and police who came to the area discovered "price tag" graffiti nearby that said "Revenge, regards - the prisoners of Zion".
The event comes in the midst of charged emotions over the investigation of the terror attack that killed several members of the Dawabsheh family in Duma in July 2015. On Monday, right-wing protesters gathered outside the home of Judge Erez Nurieli, who extended the remand of the suspects in the Dawabsheh attack. Security guards have been placed at his home in Rosh HaAyin due to recent death threats he has received.
Hundreds of people protested in Jerusalem Sunday decrying the treatment suspects in the case are receiving from authorities and claiming they are enduring torture by the Shin Bet. During the protest, demonstrators blocked the main road entrance to Jerusalem. Police said some of them even threw stones at police officers on the scene, wounding one. The protesters were forcibly dispersed, six being arrested.
Last weekend, a protest took place outside the Jerusalem home of current Shin Bet Director Yoram Cohen. The protesters carried signs opposing the torture of Jews.
The past few days have seen severe incitement against Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on social media, due to his backing of the Shin Bet investigation, and his statements that the Dawabsheh murders represent a case of Jewish terrorism. The incitement also targets Ya'alon for speaking in favor of the rule of law and against harming Arab civilians.
The Defense Department security officer gave the Shin Bet screenshots of Twitter posts which include severe incitement against Ya'alon. Among them are tweets in which the defense minister is referred to as an anti-Semite, preying on "defenseless Jews" instead of dealing with "the Arab enemy".