16 year old Arrested in Yitzhar for 'Price Tag' Crimes

Police investigating crimes committed by nationalist youth behind the 'Price Tag' phenomenon have arrested a 16 year old youth from Yitzhar.

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Illustration: Price Tag graffiti
Illustration: Price Tag graffiti
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A 16 year old youth from the community of Yitzhar in Samaria has been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing an army jeep belonging to Border Police.

The arrest was made by a police unit investigating nationalistically motivated crimes committed by the 'Tag Mehir' (Price Tag) movement. The youth arrested is a resident of the community of Talmon who attends yeshiva (religious academy) in Yitzhar.  After being arrested the youth was taken for investigation.

The 'price tag' phenomenon refers to acts of vandalism and arson targeting Arabs and, on occasion, Israeli security forces, in "revenge" for Arab attacks on Jews, or for measures taken by security forces against communities in Judea and Samaria.

Earlier in the morning (Monday) residents of Yitzhar reported that forces had arrived in search of Boaz Albert, a resident of Yitzhar who has been issued with an administrative order distancing him from the Shomron (Samaria) region. Under laws remaining from the time of the British Mandate, security forces can use administrative orders to hold suspects or distance them from certain areas, without explanation and without trial.

Albert had already been arrested three times including a violent arrest when he entered his home.

According to residents, police searched in a number of places but did not find him.