TAG MECHIR DEMONSTRATION
Tag Mechir (or Price Tag Violence) is vandalism against Arab fields, mosques, cars and houses. Price Tag violence first began in the territories and has now moved to Israel.
Vandalism against Arabs is a form of terrorism, whether it is in the territories or within Israel itself. When the Minister of Education heard about the demonstration against Price tag violence that our two students organized, he was quoted as saying “I want to be at that demonstration with them”.
TRANSLATION OF ARTICLE Published on Friday, May 2, 2014 in Makor Rishon
HEADLINE: The Israeli Minister of Education following the tire-slashing in Fureidis: "Some leaders need to conduct a spiritual reckoning."
Two high-school girls from Jerusalem, one Jewish and one Arab, organized a student demonstration opposite the Prime Minister's house, calling for determined action against the perpetrators of Tag Mechir by Reut Wilf:
Following the Tag Mechir incident this week in Fureidis, near Zichron Yaakov, Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron visited the local council and met with its head, Yunis Miri and with Jewish and Arab high school students.
During the visit, Education Minister Piron said: "We have come here today to tell you that we will not allow a distorted reality in Israel in which holy places are attacked. The Tag Mechir incidents are criminal and unacceptable, and the way to eliminate them is through encounters of coexistence and building friendships". On this point, Piron mentioned that the Ministry will increase the budget allocated to this issue by an additional million shekels and will increase coexistence encounters between Jewish and Arab students.
At the meeting with the high – school students, the Minister said: "These incidents emphasize our duty as an education system to confront issues such as these." He went on to say "It is no coincidence that we decided that the bi-annual topic schools will focus on is "The other is me". Through the study of this topic, students will learn the values of tolerance, getting to know the other and love of one's fellow humans." Piron added that "there are leaders who should undertake a spiritual reckoning, since so far they have not voiced their condemnation of these acts." He called upon all leaders in Israel to do so in the most unambiguous terms.
On this very issue, this coming Saturday evening there will be a demonstration of high school students opposite the Prime Minister's home in Jerusalem.
The demonstration was organized by two girls from the Israel Arts and Science Academy in Jerusalem, one Jewish and one Arab. At the demonstration they will call upon the Israeli government to be proactive and swift in bringing the perpetrators of Tag Mechir actions to justice.
“We live in a school where co-existence is part of our everyday lives and we see that it is possible," says Shira Yahav, one of the demonstration organizers. "Incidents like the one in Fureidis may destroy our chances of living together in good neighborliness as there is today in many places. We feel that the government is turning a blind eye when it comes to the perpetrators of Tag Mechir attacks. They must condemn them and take the necessary steps to bring them to justice". Yahav goes on to say, "This is not a political rally, it's not about left and right, it's an issue on which there should be a consensus. Violence must be the red line for everyone living in a democratic state who wishes to continue to do so."
Yahav's classmate, Lur Zeina, from Kfar Ilabun in the north adds: "Violence is on the rise, and as young people we cannot sit on the fence. We must act in order to stop it. We want to show that it is possible to live together and for that to happen, violence and hostility must be condemned."