Israel Police Arrest Two Suspects for Disparaging Graffiti, Damage in Arab Neighborhood

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Graffiti reading "Closed military zone" in Akraba, October 31, 2019.
Graffiti reading "Closed military zone" in Akraba, October 31, 2019.Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson

The Israel Police arrested two people on Thursday on suspicion that they had spray-painted disparaging graffiti and damaged vehicles overnight in the Arab neighborhood of Akbara, located in the northern Israeli city of Safed. 

The two suspects, aged 17 and 28, are both residents of Safed. They are suspected of scrawling slogans such as: "Only non-Jews are expelled from the country," and "Closed military zone" on walls in the neighborhood. 

Police said that they expect to arrest additional suspects for the acts of vandalism, which also included spray-painting Stars of David on cars and slashing tires. 

Graffiti found at the scene referenced "Kumi Ori," an outpost near the Jewish settlement of Yitzhar that is situated south of Nablus in the West Bank. Last week, settlers threw rocks at Israeli soldiers there, lightly wounding one of them.

In response to the attack on soldiers, the Israel Defense Forces declared Yitzhar a closed military zone, barring anyone who is not a resident from entering the area. The day after, settlers hurled stones at soldiers once again, with no casualties. No arrests were made in either incident.    

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