Members of the Tag Meir ("Bright Tag") coalition met Friday with the residents of the Palestinian village of Zavidat, following a "price-tag" act that occurred there earlier in the week. They were accompanied by Israel Defense Forces Jordan Valley Brigade Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Lauren Partusch.
Tag Meir is an umbrella organization comprising of some 40 non-profit organizations, working to counter violence against Palestinians.
Zavidat's residents discovered four torched cars, a vandalized tractor and graffiti reading "price tag" and "revenge" on the walls of several homes on Wednesday morning. The vandalism is believed to be the act of right-wing extremists.
Similar "price-tag" incidents were reported in four other Palestinian villages in the West Bank on Wednesday, the one-month anniversary of the murder of Evyatar Borovsky a 31-year-old resident of Yitzhar, who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist at the Tapuach Junction in Samaria.
The meeting took place at the home of Ibrahim Zavidat, who until recently served as the village's leader.
"People were very upset after the incident," he said. "We have a good relationship with our Jewish neighbors, but we feel like the extremists are getting out of control. We are also very frustrated with the Israeli government, which is limiting our construction in the area."
"We are well on our way to apprehend the people who torched your cars," Partusch said. "We have a lead and it's only a matter of time until we arrest them. We will do everything in our power to protect the residents and their property."
Jordan Valley Regional Council head David Elhayani, who participated in the visit, said: "We consider the people of Zavidat family. We share both our joys and our sorrow."
Tag Meir Chairman Gadi Gvaryahu said, "This visit was very important. People were very upset when the meeting began but it ended with good spirits. We will continue to visit any place radical right-wing extremists act in the cover of night to spread the light of peace."
Meanwhile, graffiti defaming Christianity was found Friday morning on the walls of Abbey of the Dormition in Jerusalem. The tires of two cars parked nearby were slashed and similar graffiti was spray-painted on them as well.
According to Tag Meir's data, one mosque, church or abbey in Israel is desecrated every two months.