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West Bank teen charged with ´price tag´ attack (JERUSALEM POST) By JOANNA PARASZCZUK 03/22/12)Source: http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=262936 JERUSALEM POST JERUSALEM POST Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
The Central District Attorney filed an indictment in the Petah Tikva District Juvenile Court on Thursday, charging a minor from the West Bank with a February "price tag" attack against against Palestinian property.

The indictment says the defendant conspired with others to carry out the February 16 attack in Nabi Elias village near Kalkilya in the West Bank, in which he set fire to a Hyundai car and a residence belonging to a Palestinian man.

The defendant, who cannot be named because he is a minor, allegedly then sprayed the words "price tag" on a wall near the scene of the attack.

Immediately afterward, the indictment says, the defendant and the others involved in the attack drove to the exit of the village where a police patrol vehicle ordered him to pull over and stop.

A car chase ensued, as the defendant and his friends tried to escape police by driving at a reckless speed and refusing to stop even though several police cars were in pursuit, the indictment said.

During the high-speed escape, the defendant allegedly threw various items from the car, including rubber gloves, a box of matches, stones and a can of spray paint.

When the defendant reached a police checkpoint, the driver drove straight through, slashing the car´s tires on spike strips placed on the road, the indictment said.

With three of the car´s tires slashed, the defendant and the others managed to drive only for several hundred meters more before abandoning the car and fleeing on foot along the road´s hard shoulder, the indictment continued.

A police spokesman said after the attack, police used the vehicle to track down its owner and arrested him a day later.

The Nabi Elias attack was one in a string of "price tag" attacks, which have mostly targeted Palestinian property but have also targeted left-wing groups and IDF property.

Also in February, extremists vandalized Peace Now´s Jerusalem offices, spraying "No leftists, no terror attacks" on the fence outside of the office in the German Colony neighborhood.

Just two days before that, two cars and a stone fence at the Valley of the Cross Monastery, below the Israel Museum, were covered with anti-Christian graffiti and the cars’ tires were slashed. The vandals wrote “Jesus drop dead,” “Death to Christians” and “Kahane was right.” They called themselves “The Maccabees of Migron” and sprayed the words “price tag.”

Vandals also attacked the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education elementary school in the Patt neighborhood, where they spray painted “Kahane was right” and “death to Arabs” on a wall. JPost.com staff contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/22/12)


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