AJC Condemns Vandalism of Muslim Graves in Jerusalem

February 14, 2013 – New York – AJC condemned the desecration of Muslim graves in a Jerusalem cemetery.

Tombstones at a Muslim cemetery in central Jerusalem were vandalized overnight in what Israeli authorities say is the latest “price tag” assault on Muslim, as well as Christian, holy sites in Israel and the West Bank.

“Price tag,” spray-painted with the Jewish Star of David on at least ten graves, refers to extremists protesting Israeli government actions against settlements. The words “Maale Rehavam,” the name of a Jewish outpost in Gush Etzion near Bethlehem, also were spray-painted on the grave sites.

“The perpetrators of these acts have violated every notion of decency and sanctity,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "In doing so, they seek to undermine Israel's commitment to religious freedom and harmony. But, let it be clear, their repugnant actions are soundly rejected by the vast majority of Israelis and their leaders."