Jaffa mosque defaced


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A mosque near Israel’s Jaffa Port was defaced with graffiti including "Muhammad is a pig" and "Death to Arabs."

Muslim worshipers discovered the graffiti Sunday when they arrived that morning for services.

Jaffa is a mixed Jewish and Arab city.

Sheik Ahmed Abu Ajweh, the head of the Islamic Movement in Jaffa, blamed settlers for the graffiti, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. Other graffiti included "Kahane was right," a reference to the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, who called for the transfer of Arabs out of the Jewish state, and "No peace without the House of Peace," a reference to the building in Hebron evacuated two weeks ago by Israeli solders.

The Islamic Movement filed a police report on the attack.

Other Jaffa mosques have been attacked in the past. In 2005, a severed pig head was thrown into the courtyard of a Jaffa mosque on the border with Tel Aviv following the disengagement from Gush Katif.

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