Graffiti on mosque 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Police in Safed are investigating anti-Arab graffiti spray painted on the walls
of the Safed Academic College overnight on Wednesday.
Two arson attacks
on vehicles belonging to Arab students of the college were also reported
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The spray painted messages read "death to Arabs," "Kahana was
right," and "revenge." The College has condemned the incidents as well as any
attack on property owned by Arab students.
Safed has been scene to
increased tensions in recent months.
In a statement released on
Wednesday, Galilee police said they were treating the recent incidents with
the utmost severity, and were working on a number of front to thwart future
attacks of that nature.
Police noted that in 2010, two brothers and a
minor were arrested for throwing rocks and opening fire at at Arab students
residing in dorms at the college.
An intelligence operation led to the
arrest of two brothers and a third man. All three were charged by state
prosecutors and ordered to remain in custody until the end of legal prosedures
"Police in Safed will continue to focus on preventing fiction in sensitive
areas, through open and hidden measures, and to prevent an escalation based on
tensions between Arabs and Jews in the city and the the Safed Academic College,"
The Jerusalem-based Abraham Fund NGO said in a statement, “The country’s leaders, law enforcement agencies and local leadership must stop using the ‘few bad apples’ excuse. Harassment of and violence against Arab students have been persistent since Safed’s Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu publicized racist calls against Arabs six months ago.
The Abraham Fund is seriously concerned that the racist trends in Safed will not only continue, but also worsen, so long as the authorities do not appropriately respond firmly to incitement and violence against Arab students.”