Three girls arrested for spitting at priest

Police find Israeli flag with ‘Price Tag’ and ‘Revenge’ written on it in bag of one of the suspects

Mount Zion (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)
Mount Zion (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)

Three teenage girls were arrested in Jerusalem Sunday night, after allegedly spitting on a priest near Mount Zion. Police discovered an Israeli flag in one of the girls’ bags, bearing the statements “Price Tag” and “Revenge,” and are checking the girls’ involvement in recent price tag attacks.

The three are slated to appear before the Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Monday morning.

“Price tag” is a term used to describe acts of vandalism and violence associated with the settler movement in retaliation for Palestinian attacks and to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government’s pro-Palestinian policies. Mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases have been targeted in such assaults.

Meanwhile, a man in his twenties was arrested Sunday on suspicion of involvement in attacking police Saturday night during a search of a home in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar.

The incident occurred during a police search at the home of a Yitzhar couple whose vehicle was used to carry out a “price tag” attack in Umm Al-Fahm. During that attack last month, vandals torched the front door of a mosque and spray-painted racist invective on its wall.

Residents of Yitzhar also punctured the wheels of a police car and threw rocks at the Border Police over the course of the tumultuous night Saturday.

In related news, Jerusalem Magistrates Court extended the arrest of Amichai Matoki, another resident of Yitzhar, until Wednesday, Israel Radio reported.

Matoki is suspected of involvement in the torching and desecrating of an Umm al-Fahm mosque.

Yitzhar, which is home to some of the more radical elements in the Jewish settler movement, has been a flashpoint for violence between right-wing activists and Israeli security forces.

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