Public Security Minister: Latest 'price tag' attack 'despicable.'

Aharonovitch promises continued Jewish-Arab coexistence in Abu Ghosh during a visit to the village.

June 22, 2013 16:51
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Yitzhak Aharonovitch

Aharonovitch 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post))

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch promised that Jewish-Arab relations will survive the recent Abu Ghosh price tag attack, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.

"The contemptible and despicable acts that happened in Abu Ghosh will not injure the good relations between the village's Jewish and Arab populations, populations that are a symbol of coexistence," Aharonovitch said in a visit to the area.

The most recent 'price tag' attack that occurred in Abu Ghosh saw dozens of car tires slashed and graffitied words sprayed on walls saying, "Arabs go home." Aharonovitch said he considers these acts to be a form of terrorism.

Knesset members across the board have taken a unified stand against the attacks with notable government officials such as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Bayit Yehudi minister Naftali Bennett making strong comments condemning the attacks.

"Just this week we passed decisions that will enable us to take strong action against those who perpetrate such crimes, and we will do so with full force," the prime minister said early last week.

This sentiment was echoed by Bennett who said, "every price tag act is immoral and un-Jewish."

Jerusalem district police commander Major General Yossi Pariente noted that the Abu Ghosh investigation is a top priority for police.

Aharonovitch and Pariente met with the head of the local council in Abu Ghosh, Salim Jabr along with other council members, the report said.

Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.

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