The words “revenge” and “price tag” were found spray-painted at two sites in
Jaffa on Thursday morning, including a Christian Orthodox cemetery where several
tombstones were defaced.
The second vandalized site is a building on
Machloul Street where Tel Aviv District Court Judge Chaled Kabub
The graffiti at the cemetery includes a reference to the Haohel
synagogue in Bat Yam, where swastikas were spray-painted last month. In April,
swastikas were spray-painted at another synagogue in Bat Yam.
the Ayalon subdistrict have investigated those incidents but have made no
In October 2011, the day after Yom Kippur, far-right graffiti
was found spray-painted in Muslim and Christian cemeteries in Jaffa, including
the words “price tag” and “death to Arabs.” Police were not convinced that the
motivation was purely nationalistic, in that the graffiti included “death to
Russians” and slogans linked to soccer hooligans.
Hours after the
graffiti was reported, a firebomb was thrown at a Jaffa synagogue, but there was
no injuries or damage.
The Abraham Fund Initiatives, an NGO that works in
coexistence efforts, said in response to the vandalism on Thursday that “the
racist attacks against Arab citizens are continuing and its clear that the
condemnations that we are hearing aren’t stopping them. The government of Israel
must work against this phenomenon in the same way it expects countries around the world to work against anti-Semitic
acts against Jews.”