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Assailants target playground (Illustration)
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Jerusalem: Racist graffiti daubed at Jewish-Arab school

Unidentified assailants spray-paint anti-Arab sayings at playground of east Jerusalem school

Unidentified assailants scrawled racist graffiti on a playground at a bilingual Jewish-Arab school over the weekend, police officials said Sunday, in the second such incident targeting the Jerusalem institution.


Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said unknown attackers had spray painted "Death to Arabs" and "Kahane was right" on the school's playground in the Arab east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa.


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"Kahane" is a reference to Meir Kahane, the founder of an extremist anti-Arab Jewish movement called Kach, which is officially outlawed in Israel.


Kahane was assassinated in 1990, but his ideology continues to find favor among members of Israel's extreme Right.


Samri said an investigation had been opened into the incident, the second time the school has been targeted in less than a week.


On February 7, assailants painted the same phrases on a wall of the school, a unique institution where students –  Arabs and Jews – study in both Arabic and Hebrew.


The incidents are the latest in a spate of so-called "price tag" attacks, often carried out by extremist settlers in response to Israeli government action against settlements in the West Bank.


Vandals have targeted Palestinian and Arab property and buildings, including mosques, as well as Israeli military bases and left-wing Israeli activists.




פרסום ראשון: 02.12.12, 18:31
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