Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - Israel-based Rabbis for Human Rights have announced that a new anti-'price tag' attack inter-party campaign will be launched in the Knesset this week. Tag Meir (the Light Tag Forum) is a coalition of organisations committed to fighting hate-crimes in Israel and showing solidarity with their victims. 'Price Tag' attacks are hate crimes directed at Palestinians by extremist right-wing Israeli Jews. Tag Meir is a grass-roots organization founded in 2011 which works against racism in Israel and seeks to expose and counteract racism which has affected in various ways mosques or Christian places (Tabgha, Beit Jamal, Latrun, the Dormition, etc.), signing their own acts of intimidation with the formula "price Tag" (the price to pay).
The crimes committed by "Price tag" express racial hatred of the Jewish ultra-nationalist right, and often remain unpunished. A document released by Tag Meir, points out the names of some of the "dozens of Arabs who have been victims of hate crimes, solely for holding an Arab appearance and /or daring to speak Arabic. "These victims - says the Tag Meir document - are joined by hundreds of victims of so called 'price-tag' attacks in the West Bank and Israel, and include five inhabited houses torched in the past two years, 44 houses of worship torched and / or vandalized since December 2009, trees uprooted, hundreds of cars sabotaged. In addition there have been the grisly murders of the Dawabsheh family and Mohammed Abu-Hadir". The document also highlights the rise of the hate groups Lehava and La Familia, the arson at the Jerusalem bilingual school, countless books and articles that feed this incitement, the public following of celebs like the "shadow" and viral hate on social networks. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 24/05/2016)