Taxis in Israel.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Two Jewish teens were arrested by police Monday for hanging anti-Arab placards on the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School’s exterior walls, stating “Kahane was right” and “Arabs are cancer,” just 48 hours after the integrated institution was targeted in an apparent price-tag attack.
According to police, both boys, aged 14, were initially detained for questioning by the school’s security guard, who called the police.
On Saturday night a preschool classroom in the bilingual school – run by Arab and Jewish principals in the capital’s Pat neighborhood and whose 600 pupils make it the largest of its kind in the country – was likely set on fire by Jewish extremists, police said.
Similar anti-Arab graffiti to that on the placards – including “Death to Arabs,” “You can’t coexist with a cancer,” “Kahane was right,” and “Enough with assimilation” – was found daubed on the school’s walls after the blaze was put out.
The incident drew national and international condemnation amid calls for the suspects to be brought to justice.
Meanwhile, an Arab taxi driver was attacked with pepper spray Monday afternoon on King George Avenue in the capital by a Jewish suspect who fled the scene, police said.
According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the attack was unprovoked and the victim was taken to the city’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.