Bomb threat made at Peace Now offices


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Jerusalem offices of Peace Now were evacuated following a bomb threat.

Police evacuated the two-story building Sunday evening after a man speaking into the building’s intercom system reportedly said that the building would soon blow up.

The words "price tag" were discovered spray-painted on the side of the building the same evening. A Star of David had been spray-painted on the building a few days ago.

The threat comes several weeks after threatening graffiti, including "price tag" and "death to traitors," was sprayed on the apartment building of Hagit Ofran, the director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch project.

Price tag refers to the strategy that extremist settlers have adopted to exact a price in attacks on Palestinians and Arabs in retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions or for Palestinian attacks on Jews.

“We have warned, including in a petition to the police commissioner, that Peace Now is being threatened,” Peace Now Director Yariv Oppenheimer told Haaretz. “The political leadership backs up these incidents. Even if, on the face of it, there is condemnation, in practice the hooliganism of the right has support in the Knesset.”

On Monday, three structures at a settlement outpost near Beit El were razed. Police and soldiers reportedly met with resistance, leading to the arrest of 12 people, including seven teenagers and a newly married couple.

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