Saturday, October 8, 2011

Muslim, Christian graves desecrated in Israeli city

Headstones at a Muslim and a Christian cemetery were desecrated by unknown assailants in Jaffa on Saturday, the Jewish holy fast day of Yom Kippur, an Israeli website said.

Pictures on the Hebrew website showed one gravestone with the words "death to Arabs" spray painted in Hebrew and the words "Price tag," a slogan used by militant Jewish West Bank settlers and their supporters, on another.

A third photograph showed a broken tombstone but none of the photographs could be independently verified due to the fast day's traditional travel limitations. The "price-taggers" have vowed to avenge any move by Israel to uproot settlement outposts built in the occupied West Bank without Israeli government permission and have torched mosques and vandalized both Israeli and Palestinian property.

Police and Jewish Israeli officials were not available for comment during the Yom Kippur fast day and a local Muslim community leader in Jaffa quoted in the article did not reply when contacted by Reuters. Jaffa is the ancient part of Tel Aviv which has a mixed Arab and Jewish population.

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