Series of ‘price tag’ incidents in Jerusalem, Jordan Valley

Vandals carry out attacks to ostensibly avenge murder of Evyatar Borovsky last month

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

A series of “price tag” attacks were carried out early Wednesday morning in two Palestinian villages in the Jordan Valley, north of Jericho, and a number of neighborhoods in Jerusalem. The acts appeared to be retribution for the murder of Evyatar Borovsky, an Israeli stabbed by a Palestinian a month ago.

In the Jordan Valley, vandals burned cars and sprayed graffiti in the villages of Zubaydat and Marj Naje. Among the slogans written were “regards from Evyatar” and “30 [days of mourning] for Evyatar.”

Car tires were slashed in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Shuafat and Sheik Jarrah, where vandals spray-painted “the revenge of Evyatar” on the walls of homes.

Unknown assailants tried to set two more cars on fire in the village of Rantis, near Ramallah. Police said that while the vehicles didn’t catch fire, a slogan saying “30 for Evyatar” was spray-painted nearby.

Borowsky, a father of five from the Yitzhar settlement, was stabbed to death by Salam As’ad Zaghal at the Tapuah junction in the northern West Bank as he waited at a bus stop.

Zaghal also grabbed Borowsky’s gun and opened fire on border police at an adjacent checkpoint. The police returned fire, wounding Zaghal before apprehending him. He was taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

“We have lost control over the settlers in some cases,” Welfare Minister Meir Cohen of Yesh Atid said Saturday. “We need to deal with the extremists in order to bring them back to normative behavior,” he added at an event in Holon, condemning the “price tag” attacks carried out by extremist Jews against Palestinians and Israeli Arabs.

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