|Written by Tamara Symonds|
Responding to Price Tag Violence in Abu Ghosh
The NIF-supported Tag Meir coalition held a solidarity event in the Palestinian-Israeli village of Abu Ghosh in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's Price Tag attack. Vandals slashed the tires of 28 cars and scrawled "racism or assimilation" and "Arabs out" on nearby walls.
Abu Ghosh is a village near Jerusalem whose residents have enjoyed good relations with their Jewish neighbors. It is a symbol of shared society between Jews and Arabs. Accordingly, this attack represents a significant escalation in the Price Tag phenomenon.
Price Tag is the term used by the assailants to describe attacks carried out against Palestinians and other minorities as "revenge" for what they perceive as anti-settler government decisions. Last Friday, in another Price Tag incident, vandals torched two vehicles in Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
Participants at Tag Meir's event included Reuven Rivlin, the former Speaker of the Knesset, MK Amram Mitzna (Hatnuah), and Nahum Barnea, Israel's most prominent journalist.
In response to the escalating violence, this year's budget allotted funds for 50 additional police offers to fight nationalist-motivated crime, including Price Tag attacks. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said that Price Tag violence "harms the entire Israeli society, goes against Israel's democratic values, and represents racism at its worst."
Following the most recent attacks, Prime Minister Netanyahu also spoke out against the attacks, saying they went, "against the values of our people and our state."