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Third Time this Ramadan – Tomb of the Patriarchs Desecrated by Muslims

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

For the third time this month of Ramadan, Muslims visiting the Tomb of Patriarchs in Hebron have desecrated Jewish religious objects at the site, tearing the Mezuzahs off the doorposts and stealing them. They took advantage of the special visiting privileges the Muslims receive from the IDF during the month of Ramadan, during which, on Fridays and a few special days, the Tomb of Patriarchs is open only to Muslims.

Local police announced they have arrested two Palestinians in connection with the vandalism, but are still searching for the thieves. The act was recorded by surveillance cameras. A member of the Waqf was nearby during the act of vandalism.

In response to the repeated attacks, the site management has decided to limit the access of Palestinians. Muslims aged 18 – 35 will not be permitted in on the special days allocated to Muslims only. Further actions are being considered to prevent these attacks in the future.

Following the previous attack, Member of Knesset Orit Struk, a resident of Hebron, told Tazpit News Agency: “The Arabs used the opportunity they had on Friday to desecrate the Mezuzot. We cannot be silent about this incident. During the 700 years of Muslim occupation, the Tomb of the Patriarchs was completely closed to Jews. Today, when the State of Israel is considerate of Muslim holidays and permits them full use of the site – they exploit it to harm Jewish symbols. I expect the Muslim leaders in Hebron and Israel to apologize to the Jewish People and condemn this heinous episode.”

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

A dozen Jewish drivers woke up Wednesday morning to find that their tires had been slashed by Arabs in the Jewish-Arab neighborhood of Abu Tur, located on a hill opposite the Old City.

No Arab-owned vehicles were touched, and police are investigating.

As in other areas of Jerusalem where Jews and Arabs live in the same neighborhood,  relations were good until the Intifada ignited Arab violence against Jews and destroyed peaceful co-existence.

Apparent Price Tag Attack in Jerusalem Is Fourth in a Month

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Unidentified vandals slashed the tires of 21 cars and scrawled graffiti in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina in an apparent price tag attack early Monday morning.

They drew a Star of David and wrote, “We do not remain silent in the face of stone throwing,” but the phrase “price tag” did not appear among the graffiti, according to reports.

It is the fourth suspected ‘price tag’ attack in Jerusalem in the past month and comes less than a week after a similar attack on the Arab town of Abu Gosh, west of Jerusalem, and a week after Israel’s security Cabinet labeled “price tag” attackers as an illegal organization but stopped short of calling them terrorists.

Synagogue in Central Israel Defaced

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

For the fourth time this month, a synagogue in Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv along the sea coast, has been vandalized with crosses spray-painted at the entrance.

In previous attacks, abusive slogans as well as swastikas were painted on the walls, and windows were broken. Similar attacks have occurred at other synagogues in the vicinity.

The Ha’ohel Central Synagogue in Bat Yam was established by Holocaust survivors who still frequent it. They were shocked and dismayed by these repetitive antisemitic attacks in the heart of Israel.

Synagogue chairman Miki Moskowitz told Tazpit News Agency about the lack of police response to the vandalism: “When there is a ‘price tag’ action in Samaria, the police arrests suspects within days. This has been going on for a month, in the center of Israel, and the police have no leads. I fear for the health of the survivors who have to endure these attacks, now on a regular basis.”

Moskowitz said he knew of no possible suspects who would wish to harm the congregation.

Synagugue member receiving medical care after witnessing the vandalism. Photo by Tazpit News Agency.

Synagugue member receiving medical care after witnessing the vandalism. Photo by Tazpit News Agency.

Moshe Yishai, a member of the congregation who is handling the case, said that some of the congregants required medical treatment after encountering the defacement. He announced that the community is planning a protest meeting Thursday, at the synagogue.

The police released a statement that they were investigating the attacks, primarily through intelligence work.

Associating with Jewish Community Keeps Grave Vandal Out of Jail

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

A New Zealand man who admitted to desecrating Jewish graves with anti-Semitic graffiti at a historic cemetery in Auckland avoided prison because he has established bonds with the Jewish community.

Robert Moulden, 19, was sentenced by Judge Russell Collins in Auckland District Court Wednesday to 320 hours of community service work. He was also ordered to pay about $2,500 in reparations.

Moulden pleaded guilty to a charge of willful damage in November for vandalizing more than a dozen headstones in the Jewish quarter of the SymondsStCemetery with swastikas, the numbers 88 – code for “Heil Hitler,” and anti-Israeli slogans.

Another man, also accused of desecrating the cemetery, is fighting the charges.

The Jewish community offered restorative justice with Moulden. One family invited him for Shabbat dinner, and others offered financial assistance with his education.

“To your credit, you were willing to engage with the Jewish community and a more extraordinary outcome is the forgiving nature of the members of the Jewish community,” Judge Collins said.

“Their forgiveness of you needs to be admired considering how wounding and distressing your actions were.”

Auckland Council has spent about $10,000 on trying to repair the vandalism, but some of the vandalism is irreparable, according to local media, with the damage estimated to cost some $23,000.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/associating-with-jewish-community-keeps-grave-vandal-out-of-jail/2013/02/28/

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