Swastika Scrawled on Ancient Tomb of Rabbi in Northern Israel

In apparent reference to anti-Arab hate crimes that settlers call 'price tag,' the graffiti on the tomb read: 'the tag will pay a price.'


A large swastika was spray-painted Monday night on the tomb of a rabbi who lived in the Galilee in the first and second centuries.

The swastika was scrawled on the dome of the tomb of Rabbi Halafta; the site is near the present-day Kfar Hananya junction between the city of Karmiel and Lake Kinneret.

Graffiti was also spray-painted on a building near the tomb reading the tag will pay a price. This is apparently a reference to attacks in which settlers scrawl the term price tag, often on Palestinian or Israeli Arab buildings, including mosques.

Visitors to the tomb saw the graffiti and called the police, who have opened an investigation. In recent weeks the north has seen a wave of anti-Arab hate crimes, but there have been no recent attacks on Jewish religious sites.

A week ago vandals spray-painted Free Palestine on the wall of the Hadera chapter of Yad LeBanim, the association of families of fallen soldiers.