World Bulletin / News Desk
Israeli police said on Monday that they had arrested a group of Jewish teens in connection with "price tag" attacks by extremist Jewish settlers against Palestinians and their property in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).
"Israeli police arrested seven Jewish minors suspected of acts of racist vandalism," Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, according to the Israeli Yidhot Ahranot news website
"Price tag" attacks have escalated against Palestinians in the West Bank and Al-Quds, as well as against Israeli Arabs inside Israel.
Several "price tag" attacks by Jewish settlers targeting Muslim houses of worship have recently been reported in areas across the self-proclaimed Jewish state and the West Bank.
"Price tag" refers to a strategy adopted by extremist Jewish settlers of attacking Palestinians and their property in retaliation for perceived threats to Israeli settlement expansion.
A number of "price tag" attacks were recently carried out by Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank. A number of Palestinian vehicles and farms were torched, while mosques and churches were spray-painted with the Star of David – a symbol associated with Israel – and racist phrases.
According to Palestinian officials, such incidents often take place while Israeli army or police personnel passively look on.
However, Israel's Haaretz newspaper said that Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni wanted "Price tag" attacks to be classified as "terrorism."
But, unlike Livni, Israeli Minister of Communications and Home Front Defense Gilad Erdan has refused to consider such attacks terrorism.
"This is a gross, incorrect generalization," he said in an interview with Channel 10 last week. "We are not talking about acts of murder. This is graffiti."Last Mod: 05 Mayıs 2014, 12:56