JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s security Cabinet labeled “price tag” attackers as an illegal organization but stopped short of calling them terrorists.
The new classification, approved at a meeting Sunday night, will make it easier for the authorities to prosecute the perpetrators of such attacks, according to reports.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich voted against the new classification, according to reports. Last month, they had proposed legislation that would classify price tag attacks as acts of terrorism and their perpetrators as terrorists.
“Price tag” refers to the strategy that extremist settlers and their supporters have adopted to avenge Palestinian attacks on Jews and for settlement freezes and demolitions. Several price tag attacks in recent months also have targeted Christian sites.