Israeli leftist’s home vandalized in apparent ‘price tag’ attack


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The home of a left-wing Israeli activist in Jerusalem was vandalized with spray-painted slogans referring to the demolition of homes in a West Bank outpost.

Slogans such as "price tag Migron" and "Peace Now, the end is near" were spray-painted on the walls of the apartment hallway and on the activist’s door. The vandalism was discovered Monday morning. 

The activist, who was not named in Israeli media reports, told Haaretz that she has received e-mails and phone calls with the same messages.  

"This is a serious incident that requires emergency steps against what seems like a new Jewish underground. The atmosphere of hate … is seeping from elements in the Knesset deep into Israeli society," Peace Now said in a statement. 

The same types of slogans have been found in the last week on at least two West Bank mosques and an army base in what are believed to be "price tag" attacks by extremist West Bank Jewish settlers and their supporters. Price tag refers to the strategy that the extremist settlers have adopted to exact a price in attacks on Palestinians in retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions or for Palestinian attacks on Jews.

On Sept. 5, Israeli police razed three permanent homes at the Migron outpost several miles north of Jerusalem, as ordered by the Israeli Supreme Court.

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