Swastikas Sprayed on Gravestones in British Cemetery in Northern Israel

According to early reports, around 20 gravestones were defaced. Police are investigating the incident and gathering forensic evidence

Defaced gravestone in the British cemetery, Haifa, Israel, October 11, 2019
Israeli Police Spokesperson Unit

A British cemetery in the northern Israeli town of Haifa was vandalized and swastikas were sprayed over its gravestones, Israel Police said on Friday. 

A local cemetery worker discovered during his morning rounds that about 35 headstones had been shattered, most of them in the Jewish section, a police statement said.

Police are investigating the incident and gathering forensic evidence. No further details were available on suspects or possible motives behind the act.

Britain took over Palestine, then a back-water of the Ottoman Empire, during World War I, and eventually surrendered its mandate in 1947. British cemeteries, mostly military, are scattered across Israel and Palestinian territories, including in Jerusalem and Gaza City. 

Defaced gravestones in the British cemetery, Haifa, Israel, October 11, 2019
Israeli Police Spokesperson Unit