JERUSALEM (JTA) — The office of the European Union’s delegation in Israel was vandalized with graffiti reading “Get out EU” and “German money kills Jews.”
The graffiti was spray painted in red paint on the offices in Ramat Gan, located next to Tel Aviv on Sunday.
A right-wing Israeli activist and anti-asylum seekers activist, Sheffi Paz, filmed herself committing the vandalism, and later admitted to it. Paz is a former member of the left-wing Meretz party. She is the head of the South Tel Aviv Liberation Front, committed to the deportation of all asylum seekers from Israel.
In the video, broadcast on Israeli’s Channel 12, Paz says: “Stop subsidizing terrorists, stop financing illegal immigration and get out of Israel.”
EU Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret said in a statement: “Today the lobby of the EU Delegation was vandalized with threatening slogans on the walls. No one of my colleagues was in the office as we are closed on Sunday. This incident is deplorable and has to be condemned. We will continue to do our job.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz condemned the attack.
“I am appalled by and condemn the disgraceful vandalism of the EU Mission in Israel. Israel is committed to maintaining the security of all diplomatic missions The Israeli police are investigating the case, and I expect the culprits will be swiftly brought to justice,” he said in a tweet.
Delegation staff members gave the police footage from the building’s security cameras and filed an official complaint to the Foreign Ministry.