West Bank mosque attack hallmark of 'Price Tag' extremists

The UN stated that there had been 2,100 attacks since 2006, with the number of annual attacks quadrupling since then.

West Bank mosque attack hallmark of 'Price Tag' extremists

World Bulletin / News Desk

An attack on a mosque in the West Bank on Tuesday by a group of extremist Jewish settlers has been condemned by the international community.

A part of the mosque was burned down while Hebrew graffiti was written on the walls of the mosque in a growing trend of so called ‘Price Tag’ attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank.

The term ‘Price Tag’ refers to a group of Jewish right-wing extremists who have been attacking Palestinian mosques, churches, crops and farmers in recent years. The number of incidences has quadrupled in the past eight years, according to UN statistics released on Wednesday.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated that there had been 2,100 alleged attacks since 2006, and that while in 2006 up to 115 incidents were recorded, this figure had risen to 399 incidents in 2013. These attacks resulted in the deaths of 10 Palestinians.

While Israeli authorities have condemned the attacks, with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon referring to them as ‘terrorism’ over the weekend, others have criticized the Israeli government and forces occupying the West Bank of not doing enough to prevent them.

Gadi Zohar, a former senior army commander in the West Bank, told the Times of Israel, “There is not enough pressure from the prime minister, the defense minister, the interior minister to prevent this.”

This particular incident comes just a week after a group of around 20 Jewish settlers who had come to attack the Palestinian village of Qusra were chased away and then held by Palestinian villagers, who later turned them in to the authorities.

One villager from Qusra, Abdel Hakim Odeh, went further, claiming that the ‘Price Tag’ gangs operate with the blessings of the Israeli government.

“Who gives them water, electricity, who gives them security, and paves their streets?” he asked, adding “These gangs are used by the government against the Palestinians.”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ocak 2014, 13:20