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Shahar Vardi. 'It's not surprising' Photo: Noam Moskowitz
Shahar Vardi. 'It's not surprising' Photo: Noam Moskowitz
 
 

'Price tag' against leftists in Jerusalem

Wall opposite home of one of Sheikh Jarrah protests' organizers spray-painted with slogan reading 'Israel destroyer,' 'Leftists out'

Ronen Medzini
Published: 03.11.10, 12:24 / Israel News

Graffiti containing threats against left-wing activists were spray-painted Wednesday night near the homes of the organizers of protests in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

 

Slogans drawn on a wall outside the home of Sahar Vardi's parents in the German Colony read, "Price tag for Sheikh Jarrah," "Leftists out" and "Israel destroyer."

 

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Vardi's parents were the ones who discovered the slogans. "It's not surprising in any way or form," Vardi said. "A month ago they entered homes of Palestinians and sprayed graffiti reading 'Muhammad is a pig' and 'Arabs out' on their cars, so we should not be surprised when it reaches the German Colony.

 

"It's really unfortunate that my family must suffer and not me, but I am not deterred and it's clear I will continue the struggle," the left-wing activists clarified.


 

Graffiti sprayed in German Colony (Photo: Ta'ayush)

 

Thousands took part Saturday evening in a Sheikh Jarrah rally, in protest of Jews' entry and the evacuation of Arab families. The demonstration was held after being approved by the High Court of Justice.

 

The thousands chanted, "No holiness in an occupied city" and marched into the neighborhood. They were faced by some 150 right-wing activists, who chanted 'death to the leftists" and held signs reading "Leftists = traitors."

 

Several days before the rally, Ynet published a clip showing Jews in the neighborhood singing songs praising Baruch Goldstein, who conducted the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre in 1994 that left 29 Palestinian worshippers dead and more than 100 injured. The incident took place during a Purim party in Sheikh Jarrah.

 

One of the protests' organizers said in response, "Those failing to deal with the delusional Right's price tag policy in the occupied territories should not be surprised when it spreads into the Green Line. We demand that the police handle the settlers' violence with a firm hand. No one can say that the writing was not on the wall."

 

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