The Israel Police will expand the Judea and Samaria branch of the YAMAR central investigative unit in order to fight crimes of a national character committed by both Jews and Arabs, Police chief Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino announced this week.

During his dedication of a new police station in the Binyamin subdistrict in the West Bank, Danino said “we will strengthen the police and law enforcement in the Judea and Samaria district and will fight against the crimes which are unique to this district with an emphasis on crimes of a national character from both sides.”

Danino also praised the decision made by Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday night to strengthen the Judea and Samaria branch of YAMAR.

In September, Aharonovich announced that police will launch a new unit to focus on “price tag” units, the name given to acts of vandalism or violence perpetrated to protest government policy.

"We must show zero tolerance of terror, attacks on religious institutions, state symbols, and incidents referred to as 'price tags.' We will launch a new force that will be reinforce the currently-existing units fighting this phenomenon, and will bring those responsible to justice. We cannot tolerate this situation," Aharonovich said at the time.

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