I received an e-mail update from Peace Now, a peace group from Israel that promotes justice and rights for Israelies and Palestinians.
Anyways, a religious Israeli settler set a bomb in front of one of the peace now Activists houses, with the words inscribed on it:
"A prize of 1.1 million shekels is offered to anyone who kills a member of Peace Now."
Here is more info on the situation:
A prize of 1.1 million shekels is offered to anyone who kills a member of Peace Now." This was the opening line of a flyer found near the home of Peace Now activist Zeev Sternhell, who was injured by a bomb outside his home last night.
Sternhell is expected to make a full recovery. A police detail has been assigned to protect Peace Now Director General Yariv Oppenheimer, and a special task force has been formed to find the terrorists responsible. In the United States, Americans for Peace Now is taking steps to protect its representatives.
The right-wing terrorists are not targeting Peace Now by chance, Professor Galia Golan told APN today. "The settlers target Peace Now because we are the most active group in society who bring the whole [range of] settler activities to the public eye... They definitely see us as harmful to their cause," she said.
Intimidation and terror will not deter Peace Now.
Peace Now will continue to fight for an Israel living at peace with its neighbors. We will hold rallies, initiate public education campaigns, sponsor Israeli-Palestinian dialogue programs, and report on settlement activity.
Here is the article and the link:
"Israeli Articles/Reports re: Jerusalem Pipe Bomb Attack on Professor Sternhell & Bounty to Kill Members of Peace Now"
By Shahar Ilan and Roni Singer-Heruti, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
Jerusalem police on Thursday said they found fliers offering more than NIS 1 million to anyone who kills members of Peace Now. The fliers were found at the site of a pipe bomb attack at the home of Professor Ze'ev Sternhell, an Israel Prize laureate and Haaretz columnist.
Investigators searching for evidence outside the home of the professor who was lightly wounded in the attack suspected to have been carried out by far-rightists say a number of such pamphlets were found outside the home and in adjacent streets.
The small pipe bomb exploded on Thursday at around 1:00 A.M. at the entrance to Sternhell's home. The professor was lightly wounded by the blast and taken to Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.
In the wake of the attack and the discovery of the fliers, police have beefed up security around the home of Peace Now secretary-general Yariv Oppenheimer.
Police sources told Israel Radio on Thursday that signs increasingly point to extreme right-wing elements who may have been responsible for planting the explosive that wounded Sternhell.
Senior political figures expressed outrage at the news of the attack on Sternhell, which has touched a nerve given the country's sensitive history of politically-oriented violence. In November 1995, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in Tel Aviv by a right-wing extremist opposed to his peace policies.
"We are returning to the dark spectacle of pipe bombs that are aimed at people, in this case against a very gifted person who never shies away from expressing his opinion," Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.
"We won't let any elements, from any dark corner of Israeli society, to harass people who let their clear, lucide, unique voices like that of Ze'ev Sternhell be heard," Barak said.
"The attack on Professor Sternhell is a cowardly, terrorist act of those with no sense of justice," the chairman of the Knesset's internal affairs committee, Labor MK Ophir Pines-Paz, said.
"I call on the police and the Shin Bet security service to make every effort to locate the perpetrators quickly and to make sure that they be put under lock and key for many years."
"They better not talk to us about a few bad weeds," Meretz chairman Haim Oron said. "These phenomena spring up on the right-wing [of the political spectrum]."
"This thuggish and dangerous act is the result of the continuing see-no-evil approach toward the vicious violence against soldiers and police officers and anyone else who doesn't agree with the brutish section of the extreme right wing," Oron said.
Sternhell frequently writes for Haaretz and was awarded the Israel Prize in political science in February 2008.
Recently, Sternhell has received threatening phone calls. Police assess that the background for the attempt to harm Professor Sternhell is politically motivated. They suspect that right-wing activists carried out the attack in response to his remarks decrying Israeli settlers.
Five months ago, the High Court of Justice deferred a petition by the Legal Forum for the State of Israel against the decision to award the Israel Prize in political science to Sternhell.
The petition condemned Education Minister Yuli Tamir and the judicial committee who awarded Sternhell the prize. Sternhell, the petition claimed, was not deserving of the prize because of his remarks in the media, specifically an article he wrote in Haaretz which justified an attack by Palestinians on settlers.