Police are preparing for increased “price-tag” incidents in the wake of Sunday’s
evacuation of the Migron outpost, Judea and Samaria District commander Asst.-Ch.
“I assume that there will be an increase in price-tag
incidents, and we have carried out preparations for this,” Yaakov said during a
press briefing on Sunday, although he also noted that police had dealt with a
rise in price-tag incidents following previous evacuations and he did not see
something unique about Migron in that regard.
On Wednesday morning,
vandals who attacked cars in the Palestinian village of Dura al-Kara spray-painted the word Migron on one of the cars. It was one of a
number of price-tag attacks against Palestinians last month.
that Sunday’s evacuations could be considered as having two different
The first involved the residents of Migron who willingly
evacuated, which he said was typified by “mutual respect and compassion, without
physical or verbal violence.”
The second phase, he said, involved
“youthful law breakers who broke into a number of houses and used verbal and
physical violence [against police]. All of the youths were evacuated and taken
to Jerusalem, where all but eight were released from custody.”
the eight-hour evacuation police quickly herded activists, who were mostly
teens, away from the outpost, surrounding them immediately when they saw them
walking on outpost roads.
In one area of the outpost teens barricaded
themselves in a caravan.
At times they sang religious songs. At other
moments they hurled insults at members of the Border Police who sat outside
awaiting orders to evict them.
Another group of teens congregated on the
rooftop of a Migron home at the entrance to the community and spent hours pacing
or sitting while Border Police gathered below.
Some residents threw water
bottles to the activists, as did MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), who came
to the outpost in solidarity with its residents.
In both cases, border
police were able to pull the teens away from the structures fairly quickly and
place them on waiting buses.