Vandals spray-paint slogans, try to torch cars in ‘price tag’ attack

Right wing extremists damage Palestinian property in village of Burqa

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Vandals on Friday night entered a Palestinian village near Ramallah and spray-painted hostile slogans and attempted to set vehicles alight in an apparent “price tag” attack.

Police suspected that extreme right wing activists entered the village of Burqa, scrawled “Ramat Migron knits a skullcap! Price tag!” on a wall and attempted to torch some cars. It was not clear what the expression written in spray-paint implied.

“Price tag” refers to retaliatory attacks by extreme right wing activists against Palestinians or their property in retaliation for arrests or demolitions by Israeli security forces.

Investigators questioned a number of suspects in connection to the incident, but had not made any arrests.

The Israeli security establishment said it regards the incident seriously and clarified that actions of this sort are likely to ignite the region and cause “a substantial escalation,” according to Channel 10.

The Shin Bet and police will continue to try and find the culprits in the coming days.

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