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Vandals desecrate Muslim graves in Jerusalem
Published Thursday 14/02/2013 (updated) 16/02/2013 21:04
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Vandals spray-painted "Death to the Arabs" and anti-Muslim graffiti on graves in a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem on Thursday, police said.

The words "Price Tag" were also daubed in Hebrew on one of the 10 desecrated headstones, a slogan adopted by militant Jewish settlers who say they will exact retribution for any attempt by the Israeli government to curb settlement in the occupied West Bank.

"Police are investigating and searching for suspects," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

The Al-Aqsa Foundation said wine glasses were found in the area and that 30 graves were damaged in the attack.

In a statement, the foundation held Israeli authorities responsible for the attack and urged Islamic countries to intervene to end attacks on Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

"Price Tag" attacks have targeted churches in Jerusalem and Palestinian mosques and homes and Israeli military installations in the West Bank, which with East Jerusalem is home to about 2.5 million Palestinians and half a million Jewish settlers.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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1 ) Zainab / UK
14/02/2013 16:06
Any country, group or person with a conscience should intervene to stop the desecration & destruction of the holy sites in Jerusalem, the anihilation of Palestine, and the subjegation and oppression of the Palestinian people. The people of the world need to unite to stop the continued abuse of Palestine & its people. Sadly, some people are seemingly given 'carte blanche' to wreak as much injustice on others as they wish, without restraint or culpability, whilst the world looks on & does nothing.

2 ) Sabugas / Portugal
14/02/2013 19:08
anyone could have done it. That american jewish student in america that made suastica in her bedroom door in college, just to get the simpaty of students and teachers... not saying that muslims have done it, but, this isnt anything then stupidity, vandalize a grave.

3 ) yaakov / cnaan
15/02/2013 23:13
this is a crime and I hope those that committed it will be caught and punished!!! yet you must see the irony of both jewish and muslim extremists fighting over a "holly site" that was declared as not holly by haj amin when he wanted to build a hotel there to create muslim economic presence in west jerusalem in 20's

4 ) Joe USA / USA
16/02/2013 03:52
The Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance was built on parts of this cemetery in Mamila . The graves were desecrated by the Israeli state by destroying them. Then came hateful speeches by Naftali Bennett of hte Bayt Hayahudi party in the Knesset against Arabs. Price Tag rampaging settlers are the direct result of condoned state actions. Hate policy beget hate activities and violence.
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