Police to expand unit for fighting 'price tags'

Israel Police will expand YAMAR central investigative unit to fight nationalist crimes committed by either Jews or Arabs.

Price Tag 521 (photo credit: Reuters)
Price Tag 521
(photo credit: Reuters)
The Israel Police will expand the Judea and Samaria branch of the YAMAR (Central Investigative Unit) to fight crimes of a national character committed by both Jews and Arabs, Insp.- Gen. Yohanan Danino announced this week.
During his dedication of a new police station in the Binyamin sub-district in the West Bank, Danino said, “We will strengthen the police and law enforcement in the Judea and Samaria district and will fight against the crimes which are unique to this district with an emphasis on crimes of a national character from both sides.”
Danino also praised the decision made by Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday night to strengthen the Judea and Samaria branch of the Central Investigative Unit. In September, Aharonovitch announced that police will launch a new unit to focus on “price-tag” attacks, the name given to acts of vandalism or violence perpetrated to protest government policy.
“We must show zero tolerance of terrorism, attacks on religious institutions, state symbols and incidents referred to as ‘price-tags.’ We will launch a new force that will reinforce the currently existing units fighting this phenomenon, and will bring those responsible to justice. We cannot tolerate this situation,” Aharonovitch said at the time.