Tires Slashed, Graffiti Sprayed in Fourth Suspected 'Price Tag' Attack in a Month

Assailants puncture tires of 21 cars in Beit Hanina in north Jerusalem; Netanyahu condemned similar incident in Abu Gosh last week as 'contrary to Jewish values'; President Peres at Abu Gosh: We were all hurt by this horrible crime.

A suspected 'price tag' attack was carried out in Jerusalem on Sunday night. Residents of Beit Hanina in northern Jerusalem discovered on Monday morning that the tires of 21 cars on the main neighborhood road had been punctured. On a nearby wall, assailants sprayed graffiti reading "We do not keep silent over stone-throwing," and a Star of David was sprayed on one of the cars. Jerusalem police launched an investigation.

This is the fourth suspected 'price tag' attack in Jerusalem in the past month. In late May, tires were punctured at the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem and at the entrance to the Shuafat neighborhood, and graffiti was sprayed in the Sheikh Jarrah area and on the walls of a monastery on Mount Zion.  

Last week, anonymous assailants slashed the tires of 28 cars and sprayed graffiti reading "Arabs out" scrawled on a wall in Abu Ghosh, several miles west of Jerusalem.

Also on Monday, during a visit to Abu Ghosh, President Shimon Peres met with the family targeted by a price tag attack last week. Peres said, "I came here not only to denounce terror, but also to praise Abu Ghosh, which is a source of pride for Israel, as a tourism and cultural hub. We were all hurt by this horrible crime. Abu Ghosh is flesh of our flesh – we are all one people, this hurts us as much as it hurts you. At the same time, we must not lose face, we must embody peace and coexistence."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the suspected attack, saying such crimes go against the values of Judaism and of Israel.

Netanyahu's reaction joined the chorus of Israeli officials who condemned the attack, including Shas leader Aryeh Deri, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino and other ministers and lawmakers.

Olivier Fitoussi
Emil Salman