Price-tag attack suspected at Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem

Islamic Movement files complaint after tombstones spray-painted in cemetery in Mamila quarter of capital.

November 17, 2013 11:16
'Tag Mehir' [Price Tag] graffiti [file]

Tag Mehir graffiti 370. (photo credit: Iyad Hadad, B'tselem)


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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 earlier.

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“This definitely didn’t happen over the last 24 to 48 hours,” the spokesperson said, adding that no suspects have been identified in the case.

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.

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