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        10/16/2013, Cheshvan 12, 5774

      "Rabbis Cause Price Tag" Comments Condemned


      The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel strongly condemns the remarks of former Shin Bet chief Carmi Gillon who accused unnamed rabbi of promoting "price tag" vandalism attacks. Nochi Eyal, chairman of the Forum stated that Gillon has "audacity in view of his responsibility for Shin Bet agent provocateur Avishai Raviv."

      The "price tag" phenomenon refers to acts of vandalism and arson targeting Arab possessions in "revenge" for Arab attacks on Jews. "We know the rabbis are behind these crimes. They should be prosecuted," Gillon said at Holon Technological College on Wednesday.

      Gillon was head of the Shin Bet, Israel security service during the Yitzhak Rabin administration. The Legal Forum noted that Raviv was suspected of culpability in the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin for creating a fake extremist organization and distributing inciting propaganda as a means to discredit political rivals and entrap any would-be assassins. Then too in the mid 1990s, Gillon and others alleged that rabbis would provoke violence.