"Tag Mechir" (literally: Price Tag) is a tactic allegedly used by some extreme right wingers, whereby any actions taken by the Government, Army or Police against Jewish settlements, village and towns in Yehuda & Shomron are met with retaliatory actions.
The concept of physical retaliation against our own people, even or particularly when in uniform, or to innocent (Arab) bystanders, is anathema to the overwhelming majority of the National Religious camp. These "tag machir" tactics are resoundingly and correctly condemned by the community leadership.
In the same way as the National Religious tend to have a chip on their right shoulder about religious observance, sometimes imitate aspects of our Ultra-Orthodox brothers's ritual stringencies, I conjecture that the "tag mechir" is a tactic learned also from the Ultra-Orthodox.
The battle cry in Meah Shearim in Jerusalem and Ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods of Beit Shemesh, could be that of the Three Musketeers – "All for One, and One for All!".
It appears that whenever any ultra-orthodox person is arrested for any crime, the streets fill with angry rioters, trash is burned in the streets, cars and buses stoned – in short, pandemonium breaks out.
It seems to be immaterial the nature of the alleged crime.
This week, it was a gang of alleged fraudsters, who are reported to have pocketed millions of shekels of tzedaka funds.
Over this past summer, protests turned to riots in Jerusalem, after police Police accompanied tax authority and municipality officials, who raided a chicken slaughterhouse belonging to Yoelish Krois, the unofficial "operations officer" of the Eda Charedit.
In another incident, weeks of riots broke out in
when a mother, apparently suffering from Münchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP),
was arrested on suspicion of starving her own child. Jerusalem
Here in Beit Shemesh we recall the riots which broke out in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet when a body of a young woman was found in the local fields, in suspicious circumstances, and her body was taken for an autopsy. The husband was reportedly suspected of murdering the wife. Due to the riots, the autopsy was abandoned and 'suspected murder' category downgraded to "unknown causes".
I have no doubt that this "tag mechir" - which I hereby dub "Tag Machmir" - policy of the ultra-orthodox is indeed effective – and the police must think a thousand times before arresting ultra-orthodox criminals.
On the other hand, who would want to live in a community where suspected criminals of every description, protected by the local powers-that-be, can walk freely in the streets – like
Harlem in the 1990's – a no-go zone
for law and order?