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Swastika 'Price Tag' on Israeli Flags in Heart of Jerusalem

Swastikas deface flags in central neighborhood of Katamon same week as Independence Day, 'evidently it doesn't bother leaders and MKs.'
By Shimon Cohen, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 5/7/2014, 2:14 PM

Israeli flags with swastikas in Jerusalem
Israeli flags with swastikas in Jerusalem
Photo by M.A
Anonymous vandals defaced Israeli flags in the center of Jerusalem with Nazi swastikas.

Residents of the capital reported on the vandalism to Arutz Sheva, and one resident of the Katamon neighborhood where the swastikas were scrawled spoke about the incident.

The owner of the apartment where the flags were desecrated with swastikas was shocked and immediately contacted the police, who came to the area to collect testimony, reports the resident, who asked not to be named.

The owner further submitted a complaint to the police, and an investigation has been opened into the incident.

Neighbors who saw the flags were shocked, stated the resident, adding "they thought that it wouldn't arrive at their doorsteps, and here it has."

"We thought that an incident like this would bring here a march of MKs, ministers and maybe even the president, but evidently an incident like this doesn't particularly bother the leaders of the state; it only bothers the citizens," said the resident.

At an Arab wedding procession in Jerusalem's Old City last Thursday flags of terror groups including Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, and Hamas, alongside the flag of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) were waved, as marchers chanted "we will write on the pistol: Al-Aqsa (Jerusalem) is holy to us."

The resident noted the media blitz that follows every case of "price tag" vandalism targeting Arab residents, as opposed to the media blackout regarding the insult to the Jewish residents of the capital, the same week the Jewish state marks its 66th year of independence.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and others were swift to condemn an alleged act of "price tag" vandalism last week, following a report from the US State Department defining the acts as "Jewish terrorism." 

Meanwhile an Arutz Sheva report in January revealed that in at least some of the cases, anti-Arab "price tags" were being systematically staged by Arab activists. There have also been numerous incidents of Arab "price tagging", including on the graves of Tannaic scholars on Tuesday in the north.

Swastikas on the Israeli flag M.A