Catholic Church in Israel condemns ‘price tag,’ Israeli leaders vow to fight attacks

"Price tag" vandalism on the Qusra mosque in the West Bank. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Catholic Church in Israel issued a statement condemning recent “price tag” attacks after a church property in Jerusalem was vandalized.

According to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, “Death to Arabs, Christians and all those who hate Israel” was found spray-painted on a wall outside of the Office of the Assembly of Bishops in Jerusalem.

“Price tag” describes the vandalism carried about by Jewish extremists targeting Christian, Muslim, and even Jewish landmarks and symbols. 

“Heads of the Churches in the Holy Land are preparing a series of actions aimed at informing local and international public opinion, and to make the authorities and law officials aware of their responsibilities,” the Church said.

Several of Israel’s top leaders have been outspoken in their condemnation of the recent “price tag” attacks and have vowed to crack down on them.

In a town forum meeting last week with Arab, Bedouin, and Druze leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly condemned the price tag attacks, saying they go against Israeli values.

“We will catch those responsible,” Netanyahu said, the Jerusalem Post reported. “This is a central goal for us because [the acts] go against our meaning and our values.”

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon also spoke out this week against the attacks, some of which have vandalized Israeli military bases.

The Israel government has an “obligation to fight [price tag attacks] with an iron fist,” Ya’alon said in a speech on Israeli Remembrance Day.

Posted on May 8, 2014 .