Outburst of Rage Follows Shooting, Barak Calls for Calm
Dozens of young Jews from the Hevron region took part in an angry demonstration Wednesday following the brutal slaying on Tuesday of four residents of Beit Chaggai by Palestinian Authority terrorists. Some youths burned tires and attempted to cause damage in an Arab neighborhood of Hevron, but were stopped by soldiers.
One youth was lightly wounded while struggling with soldiers. A second was arrested after he succeeded in breaking windows on an Arab-owned building.
A small group of Judea and Samaria youths have promoted the so called “price tag” approach to Arab violence in the area, in which they damage Arab property to make Arab communities “pay the price” for perpetrating, allowing or abetting Arab attacks on Jews. Proponents of the approach say they hope to force both Arab communities and the IDF to do more to prevent terrorism.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on Judea and Samaria residents to “show responsibility.” He said the IDF would do everything possible “to prevent terrorists from disrupting the ties and the relative quiet that have developed in the region in recent years.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a similar call. “At this hour, as the entire nation of Israel is united in mourning the murder of four innocent civilians, I call on everyone involved to demonstrate restraint and responsibility and to honor the rule of law,” he said in a statement issued from Washington, where he met Wednesday with U.S. President Barack Obama.
On Tuesday, a terrorist cell in the Hevron region opened fire on four residents of Beit Chagai as they drove on a local road. After forcing the car to stop, the terrorists closed in and shot their victims at close range. A married couple with six children, a 37-year-old wife, mother, and nursery school teacher, and a 24-year-old newlywed were slain in the attack.