Palestinian vehicles vandalized for Borovsky shloshim

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian-owned vehicles were vandalized in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, apparently in recognition of the end of 30 days since the murder of Israeli settler Eviatar Borovsky.

“Regards from Eviatar” and “30 for Eviatar” were spray painted on walls near at least a dozen torched vehicles in Palestinian villages in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem; car tires also were slashed. The attacks occurred early on Wednesday morning.

Eviatar Borovsky, 31, a father of five from the Yitzhar settlement, was killed by a Palestinian assailant April 29 as he waited for a bus at the Tapuach Junction. The stabber then took Borovsky’s gun and began shooting at Border Guard officers. The officers returned fire, injuring the Palestinian, who was taken to an Israeli hospital to be treated for his wounds.

Wednesday marks the shloshim, or the end of the 30-day mourning period  which began at the burial of Borovsky.

No one has been arrested for the vandalism, which occurred in two villages in the Jordan Valley, in a village near Ramallah and in Jerusalem.

“Price tag” refers to the strategy that extremist settlers and their supporters have adopted to exact retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions or Palestinian attacks on Jews. Other price tag attacks occurred in the days following Borovsky’s death.