The words “price tag,” “Jesus is garbage” and “King David for the Jews,” were found spray-painted on the site’s walls.
The odds are that it was done by either locals or those hired to get headlines and not by the so-called "settler youth." Having worked in advertising, all sorts of marketing, public relations and teaching I find the picture of the writing very curious. Look carefully.
A general principle in advertising and graphic, and consistent with human nature, is to write the most important word or phrase the largest. Paying attention to the principle is even part of a technique I was taught to use in teaching how to do what's called in Israel "unseens," reading comprehension exercises. In this picture we see תג מחיר Tag Machir Price Tag being much larger than the rest of the message, which says:
David is The King, Jesus is garbage for JewsIn other photos the "Tag Machir" is visually more the slogan/message than the signature.
- Shabak, Israeli secret service agents, provocateurs, out to make trouble. After the Avishai Raviv scandals during the lead-up to the Rabin assassination, I always look first to Shabak.
- A very small number of Jews who live all over the country and are angry, daring risk-takers. It's doubtful that they know each other.
- Arabs who want to make "settlers" look bad. The chances of Jews getting into and out of the Arab villages to spray-paint alive is pretty much impossible.
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This is the second year in a row that vandals have destroyed the memorial site dedicated to the school's 16 fallen alumni. Jerusalem Post
Vandalized memorial site at AMIT High School in Beersheba Photo: Courtesy
This is not a simple issue, not at all. And I'm certainly not condoning any of this. I just don't think that "settler youth" is the problem.