Price Tags February 14 2013.
(photo credit: Miriam Alster/ flash90 )
“Price tag” attacks are immoral and un-Jewish, Religious Services Minister
Naftali Bennett told the Knesset on Wednesday.
Bennett and Public
Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch responded to an urgent parliamentary
question from MK Hanna Swaid (Hadash) following an attack in Abu Ghosh Tuesday,
in which 28 cars were vandalized and “Arabs go home” was sprayed on the walls of
“The biggest threat to the future of settlements in Judea and
Samaria is ‘price tag,’” Bennett said.
According to Bennett: “Every
‘price tag’ act is immoral and un-Jewish. A small group, which we have yet to
catch, is trying to light the Middle East on fire and harm the efforts we’re
making to create stability and good, neighborly relations with
The Bayit Yehudi MK added that the cabinet gave security
authorities the ability to fight the phenomenon aggressively.
expressed surprise that the police still have not caught those who perpetrated
“The people who did this wanted to commit terrorist vandalism
in the name of Judaism,” Swaid said. “The government’s denial that this is
terror encourages them to continue.”
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein
pointed out that MKs from all parts of the political spectrum criticized the
crimes, and commended Abu Ghosh’s mayor for saying that nothing can harm
and the town’s residents’ loyalty to Israel.
“This is one of
the worst cases, but it’s not the only one. We must also condemn the
publication of a picture of one of our friends [Finance Minister Yair Lapid],
the son of a Holocaust survivor, in an SS uniform,” Edelstein added. “We as a
house must set an example that we can argue, disagree and debate without
crossing the line into incitement and personal insults or calls for
Aharonovitch explained that there have been arrests related to
“price tag” incidents and investigations are ongoing.
formed a special unit with 80 officers to take care of the incidents and has
made it a priority to stop them, he added.
“As a member of the cabinet,
the government’s decision [to call ‘price tag’ criminals] part of an illegal
organization is important, and sends a message, giving [police] tools to enforce
the law,” Aharonovitch stated. “I think they are terrorists, and I demanded they
be labeled as terrorists, and I will continue to say so.”
warned that continued “price tag” crimes can cause a religious war.
could end badly, and every day that there is an incident like this only makes it
worse,” he said.