Crosses Spray-painted on Jerusalem Synagogue

Police head to the scene to investigate.

Yaniv Kubovich
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Crosses spray-painted on synagogue in Jerusalem's Yossi Ben Yoezer St.
Crosses spray-painted on synagogue in Jerusalem's Yossi Ben Yoezer St.Credit: Israel Police
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

A number of crosses were spray-painted on the exterior of a Jerusalem synagogue overnight Sunday.

The background to the incident in Yose ben Yoezer St. in the capital is unclear, but police forces arrived at the scene and have opened an investigation.

In the past, houses of worship have been vandalized as part of what is called "price-tag" attacks. Such attacks are usually attributed to far right Jews and target Palestinians or Israeli Arabs, Other vandal attacks have targeted Jewish sites, too.

In February, unknown vandals set Torah books on fire in a synagogue near the settlement of Karmei Zur in the West Bank. Police treated the incident as a suspected hate crime.

Such incidents are more common abroad. Last year, vandals spray-painted a swastika on a statue outside a 75-year-old synagogue in Olympia, Washington.

Meanwhile, a Haaretz investigation found that the number of hate crimes by Jews against Palestinians has plummeted since the arrest of suspects in the arson-murder at the Dawabsheh home in Duma last December, according to police and Shin Bet security service statistics

Dozens of settlers have been forbidden from entering the West Bank in the intervening period as the number of administrative measures taken against Jews has tripled.

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