Escalation in ‘price tag’ attacks and nature of incidents send clear message that attempts at coexistence are to be trampled
On Sunday, a “price tag” attack that included hateful graffiti and vandalism of property was committed in the middle of the night by Jewish Israelis in the Palestinian village of Al Jenia, near Ramallah, Rabbis for Human Rights reported. The village has suffered many attacks over the last year in which their trees were hurt and uprooted. Tomorrow (Wednesday) is Tu B’Shvat – a Jewish arbor holiday marking the start of the period for calculating the age of fruit-bearing trees – and Rabbis for Human Rights has decided to honor the holiday by planting trees in Al Jenia.
Watch the video showing the damage:
This morning, two more “price tag” attacks were committed, this time in East Jerusalem, on a 1,000-year old Christian monastery – where “Death to Christians” was graffitied – and an Arab-Jewish school called Yad beYad, which is a public symbol of coexistence and partnership in this region.
This is not the first time a “price tag” attack has been committed against Jewish Israelis themselves nor is it the first time Christian holy sites have been targeted. In January alone, Peace Now reported five “price tag” incidents, and now, only one week into February, at least three more have now been reported. There are also countless more similar incidents that don’t make it into the media or are not branded as “price tag” attacks but indeed constitute an assault against all those who are not settlers.
The attack on the school does appear to be the first such attack on a school; and not just any school, a school that stands for coexistence and bilingualism, sending a clear threat to those Jewish Israelis (and of course Palestinians) that any effort they make at partnership and coexistence will be met with reprisals.
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