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My Mideast Punchlines: The price tag of ‘terror’

Leaders from across Israel’s political spectrum united yesterday (18.6.13) to swiftly condemn a so-called ‘Price Tag’ attack in the village of Abu Ghosh.

‘Price Tag’ attacks, acts of vandalism against Palestinian property by those opposed to curbs on settlement building, have been largely confined to the West Bank, but the Israeli-Arab village of Abu Ghosh is not only situated west of Jerusalem but is also considered to be a symbol of Arab-Jewish coexistence. The perpetrators slashed the tyres of 28 vehicles and scrawled offensive anti-Arab graffiti on walls.

Arabs and Jews took to the streets Abu Ghosh to protest against the attack. Demonstrators included  former-Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin, who said “’Price tag’ is an act of terror and should be treated as such.”

mc900030085-e1371942724201No, Mr Rivlin, while terror terrorises, grafitti once read tends to become invisible. To call these acts of terror is to dilute the real meaning of terror. Daubing walls and slashing tyres are simply acts of vandalism, and are to be condemned as such.

Jun 19, 2013

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2 thoughts on “My Mideast Punchlines: The price tag of ‘terror’

  1. I can see where you are coming from, but the danger is that to equate the daubing of walls with suicide bombings will lead to moral equivalence being postulated by Israel’s enemies. While true that in Nazi Germany the anti-Semitic graffiti was but a short step from overt acts of violence, it would be a mistake to equate them with the actions of the price tag idiots. There are no Nuremberg laws in Israel, and when these fools are caught they will suffer the full penalty of the law.

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