Jerusalem, 5 Rabiul Akhir 1434/15 February 2013 (MINA) – Extremists believed to be Jewish Thursday desecrated Muslim graves in a cemetery in West Jerusalem, according to an Israeli police statement, according Wafa reports quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA),
It said slogans such as death to Arabs, Muhammad is dead, Kahana lives, and price tag as well as the Star of David were sprayed on the graves in the Mammilla cemetery, where Israel is building a museum on the premises of the graveyard.
Police was investigating the incident, said the statement.
Witnesses said the extremists wrote racist slogans on the tombstones of nearly 30 graves, notably “price tag,” which is a slogan often used by Jewish fanatics and settlers who vandalize Arab property, whether it was Muslim or Christian, in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank.
Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage condemned in a statement what it described as “hideous crimes” committed against Muslim graves and held the Israeli government responsible for them.
Jerusalem ‘price tag’ attack
The Mamilla Cemetery on Agron Street, which holds graves hundreds of years old, has been the center of legal battles between groups looking to preserve the site and those trying to develop the city.
“Price Tag” is the slogan sprayed in attacks carried out by right-wing Jewish extremists against the Palestinian population. The acts are often carried out either following Israeli government decisions the extremists perceive as being oriented against the settlers, or in retaliation to what they see as offensive Palestinian actions.
On Wednesday, security forces tore down nine buildings in the Maale Rehavam outpost in the eastern Etzion Bloc, outside Jerusalem. (T/P012/E1)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)