ADL: Price Tag Attacks in Israel “Have Been Going on for Too Long”

Jerusalem, June 18, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said it continues to be shocked and outraged by the ongoing campaign of “price tag” attacks, the latest of which was carried out in Abu Ghosh, an Arab village just outside of Jerusalem.

In the incident, there was widespread slashing of tires and graffiti reading “Arabs out.”

“We join Israel’s leadership in strongly condemning this heinous attack in Abu Ghosh, which is contrary to Jewish values and democratic ideals,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, who is currently in Israel.  “These attacks have been going on for too long.  While there is a special police unit tasked with cracking down on those committing price tag assaults, there has been minimal success in apprehending and prosecuting the perpetrators.  We are, however, encouraged that the Security Cabinet has approved labeling ‘Price Tag’ perpetrators as members of ‘illicit organizations,’ which would enhance the tools available to law enforcement and the judicial system.”

“Price Tag” is the name given by extremist Israeli settlers to attacks carried out in reprisal for Israeli government action against illegal settlement activity.  Such attacks - including the targeting of mosques, churches, Arab homes and property, Israeli military bases and vehicles, as well as other settlers - have increased in past years. They involve the desecration of property with anti-Arab and anti-government slogans including the phrase “price tag,” often accompanied by hateful and racist slogans, the name of an illegal settlement, or a reference to an Israeli casualty of Palestinian terrorism.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.