Daily Israel Report

IDF Investigates Alleged ‘Price Tag’ Arson near Ramallah

The IDF and police are investigating alleged price tag arson at an Arab village near Ramallah and Beit El overnight Tuesday.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/29/2012, 8:49 AM

'Price tag' in Hebrew
'Price tag' in Hebrew
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The IDF and police are investigating alleged price tag arson at an Arab village near Ramallah and the Jewish town of Beit El overnight Tuesday.

One car was destroyed after being set on fire, and the vandals left hate messages in Hebrew, stating “Death to Arabs,” Migron Price Tag” and “Freedom for Our Homeland.”

Most previous “price tag” attacks of alleged vengeance against Arabs for terrorism or government expulsion of Jews have remained unsolved and without indictments, leading some nationalists to charge that the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet)’s Jewish Division has carried out the attacks in order to incite the public against the Jewish residents of the area.

Arabs at the Arab village of Jilazun, north of Ramallah, told Israeli soldiers that a group of Jews from Judea and Samaria set a vehicle on fire and tried to torch two other vehicles before leaving the area.

Another arson incident was reported two nights ago, and both the IDF and the Palestinian Authority have said they are expecting violence against Arabs because of the government’s failure to uphold a previous promise to support 17 families in the Jewish community of Migron, who face expulsion despite proven legal purchase of the land from alleged Palestinian Authority Arab owners.

A similar incident occurred near Hevron.

The High Court on Tuesday heard a petition from the families but did not issue a ruling on the appeal of the expulsion, which under a previous court order is to be carried out by the end of the week.

The court also discussed an appeal from another 33 Migron families who said that the expulsion date should be postponed because the government has not completed the construction of alternative housing at nearby Givat HaYekev.