Suspected Right-wing Extremists Uproot 20 Olive Trees Belonging to Jerusalem Arab Family

Unknown vandals post sign saying 'Price tag' at family's lot in Beit Safafa; attack follows spike in violence by right-wing extremists against Arabs and IDF soldiers

Twenty olive trees belonging to an Arab family in Jerusalem were uprooted on Thursday, and a sign saying "Price tag" was posted at the scene. The family, who lives near the grove in Beit Safafa, alerted the police who have launched an investigation.

The Abu Dalu family is well known in the neighborhood and has lived there since the Six Day War. The father is a doctor at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem, and the family owns a number of assets in the neighborhood. The family members declined to comment on the incident.

Price tag - Tomer Appelbaum - September 2011
Tomer Appelbaum

On Tuesday, outgoing West Bank Division Commander Brigadier-General Nitzan Alon said that the Israel Defense Forces had not been effective enough in stopping "price tag" attacks.

Speaking at a ceremony marking his replacement in the post by Brigadier-General Haggai Mordechai, Alon said that the IDF should have prevented and stopped price tag attacks by right-wing extremists more efficiently than we have so far.

Earlier this month, a mosque in the village of Tuba-Zangariyye in the Upper Galilee was set on fire in a suspected price tag attack. The entire interior of the mosque went up in flames, causing heavy damage. Holy books inside the mosque were burned. Hundreds of residents clashed with police.

Last month, the home of a well-known left-wing activist in Jerusalem was defaced with graffiti proclaiming "death to the traitors" and "price tag Migron," a move apparently carried out by rightists angry over the government's decision to demolish illegal structures in a West Bank settlement.