Peace Now activist's home vandalized for the third time in a year
Death threats spray-painted on stairwell in Hagit Ofran's building; police have yet to arrest perpetrators of two previous incidents.
Offensive graffiti was found outside the Jerusalem home of Peace Now activist Hagit Ofran on Monday morning, marking the third time her home has been targeted by vandals in the past 10 months.
Ofran noticed the “Kahane was right” graffiti in the morning, on her way out of the house. The reference was to the late MK Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose Kach movement was declared illegal due to its racist views.
Later Monday, a neighbor called Ofran to tell her she had found another slogan painted on the building. This one read, “Hagit, you’re dead."
“They are trying to scare us, but they won’t succeed,” said Ofran, who coordinates Peach Now’s Settlement Watch project. “Unfortunately, they are succeeding in scaring the government and the state prosecution. I hope that whoever is responsible for this will be caught, but we really have to do some stock-taking regarding how violence on the right is allowed to continue, not just against us but also against IDF soldiers and Palestinians."
“Only a few days ago I was in a village not far from Jerusalem in which an entire vineyard had been destroyed. These people are never caught, and this demands more serious attention from the security forces,” she said.
Last September, political graffiti was found in the staircase of Ofran's apartment building. It read: “Peace Now, the end is near!!!” and “Migron is eternal, oppress traitors.” The slogan “Price tag – Migron” was painted on her front door, along with a Star of David.
The attack was apparently linked to her work relating to the Migron outpost, which is now slated for evacuation. The term "price tag" usually refers to attacks by extremist settlers against Palestinian targets.
Two months later, on the anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, there was more graffiti on the walls of the building, including “Hagit Ofran, z”l [of blessed memory]” and “Rabin is waiting for you.”
A car that had been parked nearby was spray painted and its tires punctured, apparently because its back windshield had a “Peace” sticker on it. The car was not Ofran’s.
“I’m not saying that the prime minister is sending the spray painters, but the unrestricted attacks on the left by the Knesset essentially prepare the ground for these kinds of things,” Ofran said at the time.
Police have yet to arrest any suspects in the two previous incidents.
During the winter, a minor who lives in one of the settlements near Jerusalem was arrested on suspicion of being involved in several incidents of malicious graffiti, including on the door of the Peace Now offices in Jerusalem, and of sending threatening emails to leading officials of the group. He was jailed for a few weeks and charged with a crime, and is now free with restrictions.
Following the latest incident, Peace Now released a statement saying, “This is the face of the settlement movement, which is trying to terrorize an entire country. Every such incident only increases Peace Now’s desire to continue the struggle.”