A potential series of "price-tag" attacks -- pinpoint acts by right-wing activists -- was thwarted Monday as Judea and Samaria Police arrested five people who were allegedly on their way to vandalize Palestinian property.
According to a Channel 10 report, the group's car was pulled over on Highway 60, near Bethlehem. A search of the vehicle revealed several cans of spray paint, tear gas, gloves, knives, clubs, iron rods, an ax, a slingshot and screwdrivers.
The five are residents of Jerusalem, Kiryat Arba, Beitar Illit and other communities in Judea and Samaria. Three of them are 16 years old, while the remaining two are 24. According to the police report, they are known right-wing activists.
The Judea and Samaria Police also found that one of the men detained was in violation of a house arrest order, and that a restraining order had been issued against two of the youths, barring them from entering Judea and Samaria.
All five will be arraigned before the Jerusalem Magistrates' Court on Tuesday afternoon.
The latest "price-tag" attack took place last week, in the Palestinian village of Jalazone, near Beit El. Unknown vandals slashed the tires of three cars and spray-painted slogans stating "We will fight for Judea and Samaria" and "Blood will spill for Judea and Samaria" on the walls of a local house.
Also on Monday, Jerusalem Magistrates' Court Judge Eitan Kornhawser sentenced David Oved, who was convicted of a "price-tag" attack, to one year in jail.
As part of a plea bargain, Oved pleaded guilty to slashing the tires of a Palestinian man's car and defacing the walls of several Palestinian homes with slogans reading "Death to Arabs" and "Price tag."
Oved was also convicted of spray-painting "Hagit, you're dead" on the walls of the stairwell leading to the home of Peace Now activist Hagit Ofran.