Prominent rabbis of the National Religious movement on Monday issued a petition condemning so-called “price tag” attacks, in which youths from communities in Judea and Samaria allegedly carry out vandalistic attacks against Arabs in retaliation for terror attacks and robberies by Arabs.
It should be noted that police often arrest Jewish youths in Judea and Samaria on charges of participating in such attacks. However, these youths are released on a routine basis, as police cannot generally prove the charges.
With that, the rabbis issued the call demanding that youths not participate in such attacks. “There is a wonderful community of thousands of Jews in Judea and Samaria who are loyal to the State of Israel,” the petition said. “This community is often subject to attack by Arab thieves, vandals, and terrorists.
“We truly empathize with the plight of this community. However we ask the youth and young adults not to allow themselves to become sucked into acts of revenge and criminal activities as a result,” the petition said.
“The so-called 'price tag' attacks are against Jewish law and ethics,” the rabbis wrote. “They are illegal and cause a desecration of G-d's Name. Beyond this, the attacks damage the standing of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and stains the names of a large number of law-abiding people,” they added.