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Vandals Torch Mosque in Umm al-Fahm

author Friday April 18, 2014 13:59author by Chris Carlson - 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group Report post

Suspected Jewish vandals, on Friday, set fire to a mosque and sprayed racist graffiti in the northern Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm, on the border of the West Bank, according to an Israeli police spokesman.

A Palestinian man stands at the entrance of a mosque in the northern Israeli city of Umm al-Faham, on April 18, 2014 (AFP/Jack Guez)

Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma'an News Agency that there was "damage to the front door of the mosque and graffiti found on nearby walls."

Israeli police and border police arrived at the scene and are investigating the incident, he said, adding that the attack had "price tag" motives.

Graffiti on the walls in the town read "Arabs out", according to Israeli media.

In early April, Jewish vandals slashed the tires of over 40 cars and sprayed racist graffiti in the predominantly Christian town of Jish in northern Israel.

"Only goyim should be evacuated from our land" was sprayed on village walls.

A week earlier, vandals sprayed anti-Christian graffiti on the walls of a convent west of Jerusalem and damaged vehicles parked nearby.

Slogans including "Mary is a cow," "price tag" and "America (is) Nazi Germany" were sprayed in Hebrew on the walls of the Roman Catholic sanctuary.

Furthermore, in early January, Ma'an reports that vandals also sprayed graffiti reading "Death to Arabs," "No to Coexistence," and "Arabs = Murderers" on a building in Jaffa.

In the same month, a group of settlers set fire to the facade of a mosque in the Salfit village of Deir Istiya and sprayed racist slogans on its walls.

The perpetrators of violence against Palestinian communities are rarely prosecuted. There are hundreds of racist attacks against Palestinians in Israel and the occupied West Bank every year.

category israel | israeli attacks | news report author email chris at imemc dot org
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