Unknown assailants spray painted malicious graffiti and a swastika at the archaeological park in Tiberias early Wednesday morning. The Tiberias Police have launched an investigation into the incidents, but have yet to arrest any suspects.
A similar incident took place nearby about a year ago.
The malicious graffiti and swastika were drawn on the park's stage and stairs. The incident was reported to the police and the park's managers filed a complaint.
Graffiti at Tiberias archaeological park (Photo: Yossi Asaraf)
Tiberias Police Commander Chief Superintendent Efi Partuk told Ynet that "graffiti were painted in black on the stairs, including a circle with a swastika inside."
According to Partuk, "The site is located in the heart of the city and is open without any fencing."
About a year ago, graffiti were spray painted on the roof of a mosque located about 50 meters away. Five young men were arrested and confessed to their involvement in the incident. Criminal proceedings were taken against them.
Partuk stressed that "the station's police officers are now collecting evidence from the site which will make it possible to reach those behind the incident. The police will look into all leads, including whether the damage was caused by youth as a prank."
About three months ago, several Bedouin residents were arrested on suspicion of vandalizing the ancient Nabataean city of Avdat in the Negev region. Hundreds of archaeological items were smashed, walls were painted in yellow and brown and oil paint was smeared on the ancient wine press. Items hundreds and thousands of years old were severely damaged.