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JPost & Ha'aretz Articles on Suspect in Peace Now Death Threats

Police suspect 21-year-old linked to previous price-tag attacks; Peace now dir.-gen. says he received death threat.

Peace Now filed a complaint with police Sunday evening over a series of so-called "price-tag" attacks, which were carried out against the organization's activists.

A number of the organization's leading activists, including Director-General Yariv Oppenheimer, were sent death threats to their personal e-mail accounts on Sunday evening.


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Jerusalem Post: "Peace Now files complaint over death threats"

Police suspect 21-year-old linked to previous price-tag attacks; Peace now dir.-gen. says he received death threat.

Peace Now filed a complaint with police Sunday evening over a series of so-called "price-tag" attacks, which were carried out against the organization's activists.

A number of the organization's leading activists, including Director-General Yariv Oppenheimer, were sent death threats to their personal e-mail accounts on Sunday evening.

Oppenheimer declared that his organization will continue operations as usual.

The person police suspected of sending the e-mails is a 21- year-old man who was arrested on November 11. Police suspected that he was behind a number of past vandalism incidents.

The man, whose personal identity is kept secret as per a gag order by the Jerusalem Magistrate Court, admitted to committing numerous acts of vandalism, including spraypainting "Death to Arabs" in a number of locations in Jerusalem and destroying a car owned by an Arab.

The man is motivated by nationalist goals, saying that he carried out the price tag attacks because he "hates Arabs and leftists."

Price tag attacks against left-wing activists have become an increasingly common phenomenon. In November alone, Peace Now leaders faced multiple acts of vandalism (including spraypainted words "Rabin is waiting for you" and swastikas) and even a bomb threat in their Jerusalem offices.

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Ha'aretz: "'Price tag' suspect emailed death threats from house arrest, police says"

Man indicted for incitement for racism, vandalism wrote to leading Peace Now activists: 'Today you die,' and 'I'll kill you. The end is near.'

By Oz Rosenberg

A man believe to be linked to a series of "price tag" attacks against Israeli peace activists has been continuously emailing death threats to leading Peace Now activists, just a week after being released to house arrest.

The man, 21, was indicted less than two weeks ago for incitement for racism and vandalism of property, after had admitted to spraying graffiti in several locations in and around Jerusalem, reading "price tag" and "death to the Arabs."

"Price Tag," is the name given by extremists to activities against Palestinians, peace activists or security forces in response to what are considered to be actions against the settlements or illegal outposts in the West Bank.

He was subsequently released to house arrest and forced to wear an electronic bracelet.

However, police officials have indicated that the man had continued his "price tag" activities from within his Jerusalem home, sending death threats to Peace Now management, without even bothering to conceal his name.

Peace Now chief Yaniv Oppenheimer said that "at about 3:30 I suddenly received a threatening email." That message, the Peace Now activist said, was "'Today you die.' Then I spoke with the others and found out that I was only the last to receive such an email. Hagit [Ofran] got one and others too."

The suspect sent death threats to all of the Peace Now activists, only differently phrased. To Ofran, the group's head of settlement tracking, he wrote "Hagit Ofran, R.I.P.," while to the head of Jerusalem activities Danielle Blumenstyk he wrote "I'll kill you. The end is near."

The man, the name of whom is still under gag order, is linked to an attack on Ofran's home earlier this month, in which swastikas graffiti slogans were prayed on her Jerusalem home.

The graffiti warned: "Hagit Ogran, Rabin is waiting for you", referring to the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, by a right wing-activist.