The price-tag vandals’ self-destructive attacks

Price-tag vandals claim to be trying to protect the settlements. Instead, they’re undermining the pillars on which the settlements rest: the army’s protection and the public’s support.

October 11, 2011 22:54
Graffiti on a mosque near Nablus, Monday

price tag graffiti mosque 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)

In Jewish tradition, the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is supposed to be one of soul-searching, reflection and repentance. But it doesn’t look like much of that went on among the so-called “price-tag” vandals last week: Instead, they escalated their attacks on both Arabs and the Israel Defense Forces.

We’ll leave aside the fact that price-tag assaults – so called because they are meant to deter house demolitions in the settlements by exacting a “price” in the form of reprisals (usually vandalistic) against Palestinians and/or Israeli soldiers – are blatantly immoral under both Jewish and secular ethics; I doubt morality worries the vandals overmuch. But they do claim to want to protect the settlements – and on that level, their attacks are downright self-destructive.


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