Two Jewish Girls Arrested for Graffiti

Girls aged 15-16 are suspected of writing anti-Arab graffiti in Jerusalem.

Gil Ronen ,

'Price Tag' grafitti
'Price Tag' grafitti
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Investigators and detectives from the Israel Police's Central Unit arrested two Jewish girls aged 15-16 Sunday morning on suspicion that they scrawled anti-Arab graffiti. One is a resident of Judea and Samaria, and the other is from Jerusalem.

The two are suspected of spraying graffiti on walls and on a car in the Sheikh Jarakh neighborhood of Jerusalem, some of which was directed against Arabs. They were interrogated by the police and brought before a judge at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court.

Last week, charges were filed against 11 Jewish youths for so-called “price tag” operations in the Sheikh Jarakh neighborhood in August and September.

The youths are accused of acting “with intent to cause harm to the property of Arab residents and to hurt them physically.” They allegedly damaged some cars belonging to Arabs and threw rocks at them.

The term "price tag” is generally used to refer to Jewish nationalist criminal activity. 

The phenomenon – usually manifested in acts of vandalism or criminal damage against Arab and left-wing targets, and occasionally Israeli security forces – has been blamed on nationalistic youth, who police say carry out such attacks in response to attacks or threats against Jews in Judea or Samaria (Shomron).

However, Arab and left-wing activists have also been exposed as having fabricated alleged Jewish "Price Tag" attacks on numerous occasions.

A lesser-reported phenomenon of Arab "price-tagging" is also on the increase, particularly in Jerusalem. And unlike Jewish nationalists, Arabs also engage in full blown murderous terrorism on a daily basis. 

The Shin Bet summary of Arab terror acts for September counted 133 attacks, compared to 99 in August. Most of the attacks were in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria, where there were 104 attacks, compared to 68 in August. These were mostly firebomb attacks. Rock throwing attacks are not counted by the Shin Bet.