The staff of the Babov hasidic movement's girls' school in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, suspects neighborhood youths with whom it is familiar in weekend incidents of fire, vandalism and a break-in at the facility. The staff said it confronted two boys on Friday as they tried to break into the school while setting off firecrackers, threatening the youths that they would call the police. The youths left and the school emptied out at closing time.
Firefighters responded to flames at the scene just before the start of Shabbat. The staff returned, discovering that a corridor had been burned, along with an expensive wall decoration. The arsonists had also broken into the teachers' room and classrooms. The staff reports that once Shabbat started, the vandals returned and spray-painted anti-hareidi slogans on the school walls and in an adjacent park. Some of the slogans were taken from the rhetoric of the recent Knesset elections.