November 8, 2011
Peace Now activist’s home vandalized again
Threatening graffiti was spray painted on the home of a Peace Now activist, one day after the group’s offices were evacuated due to a bomb threat.
Monday night’s attack is the second time in recent weeks that the home of Hagit Ofran, the director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch project, has been targeted.
The threatening graffiti included swastikas and the words “Rabin is waiting for you,” referring to the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Other epithets referred to the recent razing of structures in two West Bank outposts.
“They are trying to scare us, but it will not work,” Ofran told the Israeli daily Haaretz Tuesday. “The discourse in Israel has become truly dangerous. We are having an argument about the future and this discourse has crossed red lines.”
On Sunday evening, police evacuated the two-story building housing the Jerusalem offices of Peace Now 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.
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.