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Church defaced by pro-Israel, anti-Arab graffiti

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Maryland church was defaced with pro-Israel and anti-Arab graffiti.

A blue Star of David with the words "Israel forever — Arabs never" was spray-painted on a back door to the Sts. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in the Washington suburb of Potomac, Md. Local police said the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

The graffiti was discovered Jan. 13, according to the Gazette newspaper. The church, according to the newspaper, draws many parishioners of Middle Eastern descent.

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