Daily Israel Report

Jeeps Graffitied in Spain With Anti-Semitic Slurs

'Israeli murderers' painted on tourists' vehicles; police launch investigation.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 8/13/2014, 2:10 PM

Anti-Israel demonstration in Spain
Anti-Israel demonstration in Spain
Reuters

A group of Israeli tourists was shocked to discover that their rental jeeps had been graffitied Wednesday, in yet another example of a hate crime in Europe over Israel's self-defense operation in Gaza.

The jeeps' tires were slashed, and the words "Israeli murderers" (Spanish: asesnios Israel) were smeared on the windows in bright red paint, according to a Walla! report. 

The Geographical Tours Co., who organized the trip, said that the tires were fixed, a police complaint was filed and that the travelers have already continued on their way.

The incident is the latest in a slew of anti-Israel hate crimes in Europe over the past several weeks, as frustration boils over from skewed media coverage of Israel's self-defense Operation Protective Edge.

Anti-Semitic incidents rose 383% worldwide in July compared to the same month in the previous year, according to a World Zionist Organization (WZO) study released Monday - including a 436% hate crime hike in Europe. 

Spain, while not as active in terms of anti-Semitic activity as France or Germany, has also held anti-Semitic protests over the past month. 

Earlier this month a video surfaced showing an Islamist rally in the Spanish city of Cueta, featuring hundreds of Muslims cheering and chanting during an anti-Semitic diatribe by one of the rally's leaders.

"The Jews, for decades, for thousands of years, have wanted to exterminate the prophets and everyone on the face of the Earth who is not a Hebrew," the speaker said. "In the Torah of the Jews it says that they are the chosen people... I swear to God that we will put fear into you until judgement day!"