Vandals desecrate Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem
- Article by: Associated Press
- Associated Press
- February 14, 2013 - 4:03 AM
JERUSALEM - Israeli police say vandals have sprayed a dozen Muslim graves in a Jerusalem cemetery with graffiti in a politically motivated act.
Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the phrase "price tag" was sprayed in Hebrew over the graves early on Thursday.
The term is used by a tiny fringe of extremists to protest Israeli policy they view as favoring Palestinians. Israeli military bases, churches and mosques have also been targeted.
Rosenfeld says police are investigating.
The centuries-old cemetery in central Jerusalem is near the site of a planned museum of tolerance. The project by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a U.S.-based Jewish group, has drawn fire from Palestinians who say it desecrates graves.
The Wiesenthal Center has said the construction is in an area that has been a parking lot for 50 years.
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