Police to launch new anti-'Price Tag' unit

Aharonovich says new force will reinforce units fighting phenomenon of "Price Tag" attacks to bring perpetrators to justice.

price tag, Yitzhar, Bani Naeem_311 (photo credit: Betzalel)
price tag, Yitzhar, Bani Naeem_311
(photo credit: Betzalel)
Following a string of "Price Tag" attacks in the West Bank over the past few weeks, Israel Police are set to launch a new unit that will help investigate such crimes, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich said Monday.
"We must show zero tolerance of terror, 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 that will bring those responsible to justice. We cannot tolerate this situation," Aharonovich said.
The minister added that "this goal will require effort and cooperation between the different law enforcement groups responsible, as well as the government and the Israeli public."
Aharonovich's statements came during a reception held at the National Police headquarters in Jerusalem to mark the coming Jewish New Year.
In the latest "price tag" attack, suspected right-wing extremists vandalized the Latrun Monastery outside Jerusalem, following the evacuation of Migron last Sunday.