Jaffa Cemetery 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Far-Right graffiti was found spray-painted in Muslim and Christian cemeteries in
Jaffa, police said on Saturday night.
The messages “Price tag” and “Death
to Arabs” were written on the tombstones. Police denied media reports
that around 25 graves had been vandalized.
“We have not seen any smashed
stones,” a Tel Aviv police spokeswoman told The Jerusalem Post
investigation is under way,” she added.
“This is not a new incident. We
believe it occurred several days ago,” she said.
“The graffiti has been
Police added that “Death to Russians – G.A. 02” was also
spray-painted in the cemetery, and that this graffiti was “linked to a soccer
Other graffiti included X’s and the letters ACAB, as well as at
least one depiction of a male sexual organ.
Police are not convinced that
the graffiti was spray-painted by far-Right elements.
“Price tag” attacks
happen when Jews exact a price from Arabs or from the security forces for any
action taken against the settlement enterprise.
Hours after the graffiti
was reported to police, a gasoline bomb was thrown at the roof of the Rabbi Meir
Baal Hanes synagogue in Jaffa. No damage or injuries were reported.
Saturday night, around 200 people took part in a protest in the city’s Ajami
neighborhood against the vandalism.
“This is a terrible and offensive
action to desecrate a cemetery, but we say that the writing was on the wall,”
Kamal Agbariya, head of the Ajami neighborhood committee, said on Saturday
night. “There were two cases in the past month where people wrote ‘Death to
Arabs’ on walls in Jaffa, and probably people saw that there was no response
from the police so they did it again.”
Agbariya called on police to act
against the vandals and said Jaffa residents would visit the Tel Aviv Police
District headquarters on Salameh Street on Sunday to demand that they act to
prevent such incidents from happening again.
Throughout the rally in
ajami, protesters chanted against “settlers” and “fascists” and pointed an
accusatory finger at the government, which they said was not taking sufficient
action against Jewish extremists.
Tel-Aviv Jaffa city councilman Sami
Abu-Shehada blamed the government. “The government gives these people a green
light to commit such acts. If people were to pay a serious price after the first
‘price tag’ operation, it wouldn’t happen again.”
Earlier on Saturday,
the head of the Islamic Movement in Jaffa, Sheikh Ahmed Abu Ajawa, told Channel
10 news that he had issued a call to all Arab groups there to “act with caution
and avoid being dragged into a violent response.”
He described the
incident as “an attempt by an extremist group to blackmail the Arab masses in
On Thursday, police announced the arrest of a yeshiva student
from northern Israel on suspicion of being behind an arson attack on a mosque in
a Beduin village in the Upper Galilee last Sunday.
A night of rioting
broke out in Tuba-Zanghariya after the incident, followed by waves of arrests of