Racist hate slogans were found sprayed on two structures in Bat Yam Sunday despite police efforts to calm tensions following attacks on Arab cemeteries in Jaffa
over the weekend. The messages read: "Maccabi Haifa doesn't want Arabs on the team" "Death to Arabs" and "Rabbi Kahane was right." Police launched an investigation.
Over the weekend, some 25 tombstones were vandalized at
two Jaffa cemeteries belonging to Muslims and Christians. The messages “Death to Arabs” and “Price tag” were spray-painted on the graves.
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On Saturday night, a Molotov cocktail was hurled at a synagogue
in the city. No injuries were reported. The acts prompted Jaffa residents to hold a rally on Jaffa's streets Saturday evening as some 150 Jewish and Arab Jaffa residents held an anti-racism rally.
TA Mayor Ron Huldai meets wih religiou leaders (Photo: Moti Kimhi)
On Sunday, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai met with Muslim and Christian clerics and expressed sorrow over the events. "I am ashamed to come here today under these circumstances. I am here to say I'm sorry on behalf of the State of Israel," he said. "It doesn't matter to me who wrote those racist messages and why. We need to solve the problems immediately and return to normal.
Huldai added: "I expect to see the hands of whomever is behind these racist messages cut off, no matter who they are. Everyone must know that we must live together and the police must catch these people."
Chairman of the Islamic Movement's southern branch Sheikh Sliman Satel said he hoped the perpetrators would be apprehended swiftly. We in Jaffa won’t let extremists enter Jaffa and soil our loves. "
Hassan Shaalan contributed to this report