Settler leaders denounce ‘Price Tag’ violence

The number one danger to Jewish settlement is not Obama, Bibi or Barak, it is acts of violence, says Yesha Council head

Young right-wing extremists sit in the Magistrate's Court in Jerusalem, arrested for suspicion of involvement in 'Price Tag' actions in December 2011 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Young right-wing extremists sit in the Magistrate's Court in Jerusalem, arrested for suspicion of involvement in 'Price Tag' actions in December 2011 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Dozens of West Bank mayors, rabbis and Amana members held an emergency meeting in the settlement of Ofra on Sunday denouncing violence by what they called fringe elements of the settler population.

The meeting, titled “In support of Israel — against violence — don’t raise a hand against the settlements,” was convened after the vehicles of Amana head Zeev (Zambish) Hever and Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) were vandalized last week and following a string of “Price Tag” incidents against Palestinians, left-wing groups and army vehicles and structures.

Zeev Hever (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
Zeev Hever (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

Hever, who for years has stood at the head of Amana — the settlement movement of Gush Emunim — said that it was time to address the homegrown violence of the settler movement and stop turning a blind eye to acts of vandalism and sabotage conducted by part of its youth.

According to Israel Radio, Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan told participants, “The number one danger to Jewish settlement is not Obama, Bibi [PM Benjamin Netanyahu] or [Defense Minister Ehud] Barak, it is acts of violence and the silence ends today.”

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