‘Price tag” attacks against the Arab population are terrorism and are opposed by the whole of Israeli society, Knesset opposition head Isaac Herzog said Wednesday as a northern town targeted a day earlier held a general strike against the phenomenon.
Herzog (Labor) was touring the northern town of Fureidis on Wednesday, where the previous day residents woke up to a vandalized mosque and dozens of car tires slashed.
The violence continued Wednesday, with vandals slashing the tires of a vehicle belonging to an Arab contractor parked in the northern city of Yokne’am and daubing it with the “price tag” slogan and a Star of David.
“I came here today not as the opposition or the coalition but because all of the Israeli people are appalled and outraged at the terrible and unacceptable ‘price tag’ phenomenon,” Herzog said as he viewed first-hand the damage in Fureidis and spoke with local residents.
“It is terror. I say that to the legal system and to anyone who is trying to fan flames on the basis of religious belief.”
Residents of Fureidis held a one-day strike in protest of the incident, in which masked vandals daubed a mosque with offensive slogans and pierced the tires on dozens of vehicles in a pre-dawn attack.
The police said the Tuesday attack was a “price tag” incident. The phrase is used by a small group of Jewish extremists to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government’s pro-Palestinian policies.
Some 2,500 residents of the town held a demonstration on Tuesday night against the vandalism and President Shimon Peres spoke with Yonis Meree, the head of the Fureidis local council, to apologize for the attack.
MK Ahmad Tibi (Ra’am-Ta’al) said Wednesday he intends to introduce new legislation that will allow price tag victims to be compensated by the state as terror victims, Israel Radio reported.
Mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases have been targeted by nationalist vandals in recent years. The acts have been condemned by Israeli leaders across the political spectrum.
Yokneam has seen a spate of the attacks in recent days.
On Sunday a vehicle belonging to an Arab contractor was defaced in the Lower Galilee city and the words “price tag” accompanied by a picture of a Star of David were etched on its exterior. Two of the vehicle’s tires were slashed as well. On the same day an Acre school was vandalized, with the words “death to Arabs” and graffiti against the school’s administration spray-painted across a wall in the building.