Several Muslim tombstones were spray-painted with the words “death to Arabs” and
“price-tag” in Hebrew at Mamilla Cemetery in what police are deeming a
nationalistically-motivated hate crime at the historic site, adjacent to
Jerusalem’s Independence Park.
According to a police spokesperson on
Sunday, none of the ancient tombs were damaged, and although the defacement was
reported on Saturday, the graffiti was likely sprayed several days
“This definitely didn’t happen over the last 24 to 48 hours,”
the spokesperson said, adding that no suspects have been identified in the
Amid calls for a stronger police presence throughout the capital
following a spate of nationalistically motivated price-tag crimes in recent
weeks, authorities have created a special task force to to aggressively address
the growing problem.