Muslim graves vandalized in Jerusalem


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Muslim graves in a small Jerusalem cemetery were vandalized,

Fifteen gravestones in the Mamila Cemetery next to the site of the Jerusalem Museum of Tolerance were spray-painted with graffiti in what is being called a price-tag attack.

"Death to Arabs" and the name of the Givat Asaf outpost, which is scheduled for demolition, were painted in red on the gravestones.

Price tag refers to the strategy that extremist settlers and their supporters have adopted to exact a price in attacks on Palestinians in retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions or for Palestinian attacks on Jews.

It is not clear when the cemetery attack was carried out. No one has claimed responsibility.

The cemetery was at the center of controversy over the site of the Museum of Tolerance. Skeletons were moved from an adjacent site in order to prepare it for construction of the museum, according to reports.

Last month, Christian and Muslim graves in cemeteries in Jaffa were vandalized. 

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