The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court decided on Tuesday to allow police to continue holding Dor Oved (22) in custody over suspicions that the Mevasseret Zion resident vandalized and damaged Palestinian vehicles parked at an industrial park in Judea and Samaria.
The suspect, who has been arrested for price-tag attacks before, allegedly vandalized a number of vehicles belonging to Palestinians on Monday, puncturing tires and spray-painting slogans like "death to Arabs" and "price-tag" in the Shiloh settlement's industrial area.
In one of his previous arrests, a court imposed a gag order on the publication of Oved's name and picture, due to the fact that Oved's father is a government employee. In the current case of vandalism, the gag order on Oved's name was lifted.
Police officers caught Oved in the act on Tuesday, chased after him and managed to arrest him. Police said they found evidence that pointed to the suspect's involvement in the crime near the site where they caught him. Among the evidence, police recovered two knives, one of which was allegedly the device the suspect used to puncture the tires.
The suspect told investigators that he was in the area at the time of his arrest because he works at a nearby vineyard. His attorney, Itamar Ben-Gvir, denied all charges against his client and said that police were harassing the suspect because he is a known right-wing activist.
This is not Oved's first arrest over nationalistically-motivated vandalism. Police have charged him in the past and Oved was sentenced to prison time, though his sentence was suspended. In Nov. 2011 police arrested Oved and accused him of sending out threats, committing incitement to racist acts and vandalizing properties. He admitted to spray painting the slogans "price tag" and "death to Arabs" on property throughout Jerusalem, and to threatening, both by telephone and email, Peace Now Secretary-General Yariv Oppenheimer and other members of the left-wing movement.
Police were investigating whether, in addition to the current illegal activities, Oded was involved in previous acts of vandalism in Judea and Samaria throughout the past year.
In related news, the Petach Tikva Magistrate's Court allowed police to continue holding two right-wing activists that were arrested last week in the Geulat Zion outpost after receiving intelligence information that the two were on their way to commit price-tag attacks. Another suspect that police arrested was released on house arrest.
Price-tag attacks are acts of vandalism against Palestinian property or against left-wing activists that are intended to exact a "price" for complicity in actions or policy they view as targeted against the Judea and Samaria Jewish settlement enterprise.
While the attacks do not generally direct violence against people, the perpetrators of price-tag attacks have vandalized Muslim and Christian holy places, IDF bases in the West Bank, left-wing activists' homes and Palestinian property such as cars and houses.