Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon
Photo: Ariel Hermoni
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon announced Monday that planning and perpetrating "price tag" acts are to be defined as "illegal organizing," a legal clause that was thus far preserved for Islamic terror operatives working for Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and more.
Within the next few days, Minister Ya'alon is to implement the clause, thereby allowing Shin Bet to work against radical rightwing activists who are known to be behind "price tag" acts.
The practical aspects of the clause include a longer period of incarceration than so far given, arrest until legal proceedings are concluded, disallowing presence of attorney during investigation and confiscation of property.
The Defense Ministry stressed that not only perpetrators will be subject to the new proceedings, but also those who plan and fund "price tag" acts.
Ya'alon announced his decision in a meeting with defense officials, adding that "price tag" perpetrators will be legally deemed as terror groups, which are defined by law as organizations that include "ideological inspiration and covert activity, the main goal of which is to prevent the Israeli government from performing political moves or enforcing the law, and hinder State's leaders from making certain decisions. Some of the acts possess an aspect of revenge on Arabs, which is for all intents and purposes terror."
The defense minister added "This is a terrible phenomenon, which includes violence toward Arabs, damage to property and risking human lives, in an attempt to stop the government from taking certain actions. It is our duty to deliver harsh punishments on these criminals, seeing as the results of their actions are disastrous."
"We must fight them with zero tolerance and utilize all the means we have," Ya'alon noted. "They do not represent the values of the Jewish faith nor the values of the State of Israel. Over the next few days I intend to instruct the Central Command Chief to announce this."
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