3 Jewish settlers charged in ‘price tag’ attack


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three residents of Jewish West Bank settlements were indicted for carrying out a "price tag" attack near Hebron.

The men, in their 20s, were charged Thursday in Beersheva District Court with committing a crime, arson, use of a vehicle to commit a crime and assaulting a police officer. They are residents of Yakir, Bet El and Kiryat Arba.

The suspects were arrested earlier this month after a car was set ablaze in the Palestinian village of Dahariya. The words "price tag" were spray-painted on a wall near the arson attack.

Price tag refers to the strategy that Jewish extremists have adopted to exact a price in attacks on Palestinians and Arabs in retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions, or for Palestinian attacks on Jews.

The alleged attackers, arrested near the village, were caught with equipment such as gloves, weapons, a flammable liquid and spray-paint cans. They reportedly also have been linked to other price tag crimes.

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