Police Arrest Suspect in Turning Trump Square Fountain Blood Red to Protest Annexation

The protest comes amid a wave of anti-annexation rallies throughout Israel as the government's July 1 annexation deadline approaches

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Trump Square in Petah Tikva painted red in protest against the planned Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank, June 29, 2020
Trump Square in Petah Tikva painted red in protest against the planned Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank, June 29, 2020Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
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Police arrested a Tel Aviv man on Sunday on suspicion that he turned the water in Petah Tikva's Trump Square red last month in protest of Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank. 

Graffiti scrawled in front of the fountain read "Annexation will cost us in blood."

A police statement said that while trying to locate the perpetrator, they identified a suspect and attempted to find him. During Saturday night's demonstration against the government's handling of the economic crisis at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, the same suspect was arrested for "disturbing public order" during the protest, police said. During questioning, the suspect mentioned that he is wanted for questioning in the incident in Petah Tikva.

Workers clean Trump Square in Petah Tikva after activists painted it red in protest of Israeli annexation, June 29, 2020
Workers clean Trump Square in Petah Tikva after activists painted it red in protest of Israeli annexation, June 29, 2020Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

The Petah Tikva Municipality had called the incident "a bullying act of vandalism that mainly says what kind of person did this," in a statement after the fountain was found vandalized on June 29, adding that they have filed a police complaint for the incident.

The activists told Channel 12 News that "There are steps that can't be taken back. The fear of terrorist attacks in our childhood will never be forgotten. Annexation will bring upon us a security and economic disaster, and all this because of politicians playing with fire at the expense of civilians in a time of economic crisis."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said that July 1 is the deadline to begin the process of annexation. The Trump administration and the Israeli government are currently in negotiations about what kind of annexation the United States is willing to agree to, as well as the scope and timeline of the move.

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