The Samarian (Shomron)-Judea District police are establishing an 80-officer unit that will start operating soon with the sole focus of fighting "price tag" Jewish violence against Arabs, according to a Thursday report by Yisrael Hayom. The violence, usually consisting of vandalism, is often - if not always - accompanied by the words "Tag Mechir", Hebrew for "price tag," indicating the acts are in retaliation for an action or a perceived threat.
The unit is being established on the orders of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a few months ago, following an apparent rise in such incidents, culminating with graffiti at a Christian monastery near Latrun, about halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He instructed Public Safety Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch and Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino "to do everything" to track down suspects. Dozens of investigators and other officers have already been recruited and are training for various scenarios. They are expected to run surveillance and various methods of intelligence gatherig and technology against known right-wing activists.