Media frenzy over graffiti on High Court wall

'One does not tear down a synagogue. We want a Jewish state,' someone wrote. The press is running amok.

Gil Ronen,

Graffiti on Supreme Court wall
Graffiti on Supreme Court wall
Police Spokesman's Unit

The news item making the most headlines in Israel Wednesday is a graffito scrawled overnight on the external wall of the Supreme Court.

"One does not tear down a synagogue. We want a Jewish state," it says. The statement is a reference to the planned destruction of a synagogue in Givat Ze'ev, north of Jerusalem.

Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni reacted to the graffiti on Twitter by tying it to a recent statement by MK Moti Yogev, according to which it is time to take a D-9 bulldozer to the Supreme Court.

"Yogev's D-9, the threats against [Supreme Court] Judge Fogelman, the silence of the government and the person at its head regarding the disrespect for the rule of law," she tweeted. "The writing has been on the wall for a long time and one does not need graffiti for that."

The Israel Police's Moriah Precinct has launched an investigation into the graffiti.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people have gathered in and around the Ayelet Hashahar synagogue, which is due to be demolished in accordance with a High Court order.

Israeli media, as well as leftist politicians and the left-leaning prosecution, have a history of treating Jewish nationalist graffiti as acts of "terrorism," and part of the so-called "Price Tag" phenomenon of vandalism by extreme Jewish nationalists.

Thus one often sees top headlines about graffiti that could well have been scrawled by Arabs or leftists as a provocation, while much worse vandalism and actual violence by Arabs receive passing mention.




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