Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:47AM
British Foreign Ministry has condemned the violent attacks by the Israeli regime’s settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories especially the June 18 raid on the Palestinian village of Abu Ghosh as “abhorrent”. In a press release, Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt decried the racist attacks but tried to purge the Israeli regime of any responsibility, describing the moves as “price tag” attacks. “I condemn the ‘price tag’ attack in the Arab Israeli village of Abu Ghosh on 18 June. The racist graffiti and vandalising of property in Abu Ghosh follows a series of similarly appalling incidents in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, reportedly carried out by extremist settlers. Settler violence is an abhorrent phenomenon which must be tackled firmly,” Burt said. The Israeli regime has recently coined the term price tag attacks in a bid to shift the blame for the ongoing settler violence against Palestinians to a limited number of “extremist” settlers, who Tel Aviv claims are to be identified from the government forces or the main body of Israeli settlers. The media define price tag attacks as moves to exact a price from local Palestinians or from Israeli security forces for any action taken against their settlement enterprise. The official said the Tuesday attack by armed settlers on Abu Ghosh is an "escalation of violence against Palestinians". The village, located in the foothills of al-Quds (Jerusalem), has become the latest victim in a wave of recent violence. Burt added London wants Tel Aviv’s “decisive action” to prevent such attacks stressing the Foreign Office will raise the matter with Israeli Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, during his visit to London this week. AMR/HE