Police are searching for vandals who sprayed right-wing slogans on a mosque in the West Bank on Tuesday night, in what police say is an apparent “price tag” incident.
The graffiti included the words “Price Tag Migron” spray-painted on the outside wall of the Salman al-Farisi mosque in the village of Imrish south of Hebron, in reference to the West Bank outpost evacuated by Israel earlier this month.
The NGO B’tselem said Tuesday that residents of the nearby village of Avda told them they managed to chase off a group of settlers who tried to set cars on fire late Tuesday night.
On Monday, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich announced that police plan to launch a new unit that will focus on investigating price tag incidents, the name given to acts of right-wing vandalism or violence perpetrated against Palestinians in order to protest government policy towards the settlements.
"We must show zero tolerance of terror, attacks on religious institutions, state symbols, and incidents referred to as "Price tags". We will launch a new force that will be reinforce the currently-existing units fighting this phenomenon, and will bring those responsible to justice. We cannot tolerate this situation," Aharonovich said.
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