Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu condemned racism against Israeli Arabs and
“hooliganism” against Palestinians at Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting.
did not specifically mention the words “price-tag” attacks, in which right-wing
extremists seek revenge mostly against innocent Palestinians or Israeli Arabs
through acts of property damage, arson and graffiti.
But it was inferred,
given that his statement comes in the aftermath of two such attacks on Friday
The first was in the Palestinian village of Beitilu near
Ramallah, where vandals slashed the tires of three cars and scrawled graffiti on
a nearby wall. The second incident was in Jerusalem, where anti-Christian
graffiti was found on the doorway of the Dormition Abbey.
last week, the media published reports that Superland amusement park in Rishon
Lezion hosted Jewish and Arab children on separate days.
the cabinet, “I would like to strongly condemn recent phenomena of racism
against Israeli Arabs and hooliganism against Palestinians, which were without
any provocation or justification whatsoever.
We strongly reject these
phenomena and will act with all legal means at our disposal to stop
He spoke amidst a political drive to strengthen the law
enforcement arm to combat the growing phenomenon of price-tag attacks by legally
classifying them as acts of terror.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua)
and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beytenu) have pushed
this reclassification initiative and want to bring the issue to the cabinet.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid recently spoke of his support for the
reclassification as well.
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein has said that
there is no legal barrier to reclassifying price-tag attacks, but believes the
antidote is better police investigatory work, according to sources in his
Netanyahu has not stated his position on the matter.