Eastern Jerusalem neighborhood target of price tag attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Arab neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem was sprayed with anti-Arab graffiti and the tires of 16 cars were slashed.

Police reportedly have launched an investigation into the Monday morning incident in Ein Ilouza, near Silwan, which is being called a price tag attack.


Graffiti read, in part, “Arab labor,” and “Enough of assimilation.”

Price tag refers to the strategy adopted by extremist settlers and their supporters generally to exact retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions or Palestinian attacks on Jews.

Last week, three Israeli settlers, residents of the northern West Bank outpost of Chavat Gilad, were indicted for carrying out a “price tag” attack in a Palestinian village on Nov. 19 in which two cars were set alight and Stars of David were sprayed on the walls of the village. They were arrested Jan. 19.

The men have been arrested previously. They reportedly had planned to carry out another attack in a different Palestinian village that the Shin Ben security service said “could have caused a violent conflagration.”

On Sunday evening a haredi Orthdox man, 24, was stabbed twice by an apparently  Arab attacker near the Old City’s Damascus Gate. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack, according to Israeli media reports.