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Rabbis Remain Silent as ‘Price Tag’ Vandalism Worsens

Rabbis and the Yesha Council are blowing a chance to prove that they are true nationalists and not country bumpkins.
Price tag vandals wrote "Arabs=thieves" in a small Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Price tag vandals wrote "Arabs=thieves" in a small Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Photo Credit: Flash 90

It is not so easy. One rabbi told The Jewish Press last week that a small group of hotheads in one particular outpost won’t listen to any normal national religious leader. “They are in a cult and they won’t listen to me,” he said.

However, not all of the blame and responsibility has to fall on the rabbis. The vandals usually live adjacent to larger communities, and there is no reason that they cannot place economic sanctions on them and take other measures to help put the vandals behind bars or convince them they are criminals in violation of Jewish and secular law.

Pressure also could come from Yesha, the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria, but they have no time for such positive action because they are too busy making fools out of themselves by making fun of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and detaching themselves from the rest of Israel.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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