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      Archive: 6/19/2012
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        6/19/2012, Sivan 29, 5772

      B'Tselem Group Disseminates Vandalism Photos


      A group called B'Tselem has disseminated photos of Hebrew graffiti and fire damage to an Arab mosque in the town of Jaba in the Benjamin region of Samaria. One photo which has been published in Ynet News, the Jerusalem Post, and other media outlets depicts an Arab man wearing a traditional headdress standing in front of Hebrew graffiti. Another photo shows a fire damaged carpet and broken glass. The pictures are credited to B'Tselem photographer Iyad Hadad.
       
      Hadad has published a series of photos in the past several years of similar graffiti and fire damage from different towns. According to their website, "B'Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, has championed human rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for over two decades, promoting a future where all Israelis and Palestinians will live in freedom and dignity."
       
      Jaba is located near the Jewish community of Adam in the Samaria region, a 5 - 10 minute drive from the Pisgat Zev neighborhood of Jerusalem. The Arab residents of Jaba preserve the Biblical name of the community, often spelled "Geba." The city is mentioned in the Bible several times as being a Levitical city in the Benjamin region.