Shdema: Left-Right Graffiti War

Anarchist and left wing activists sprayed messages of 'peace' on Shdema structures. Nationalists countered with a paint offensive of their own.

Gil Ronen , | updated: 9:20 PM

Painting Shdema
Painting Shdema
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Nationalist activists were unpleasantly surprised Friday when they discovered that anarchists, left-wingers and international activists covered many of the structures at the Shdema site with spray painted messages. The nationalist activists believe that security forces – who are stationed nearby – allowed the left-wing radicals were to carry out the vandalism for several hours, unhindered.

The nationalists had arrived at Shdema on Friday as they do every week, as part of an ongoing effort to make sure the recently abandoned military base site does not fall into enemy hands. While  Dr. Tzipi Rainy gave a lecture about author Naomi Frankel, the Shdema Youth repainted the entire base, erasing the graffiti. This was preceded by a debate about whether or not it was right to erase biblical verses that contained the name of HaShem. Leading activists Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover convinced others that the writing should be erased.

“There is no doubt that they were aiming to dishonor Israel,” they stated. “Everyone realizes that just as we would not allow a stranger to enter our living room and paint on the walls, even if they painted biblical verses, this is doubly true in this case. The Arabs are raising their heads because of the atmosphere of retreat in the country. Therefore we could not content ourselves with erasing the graffiti and had no choice but to respond in kind. Shdema activists went down to the illegal structures the Arabs built at the foot of Shdema and spray painted all of the Arabs' illegal structures from within and without, on the walls, doors and floors.”

Matar and Katzover said that an IDF officer on the spot had vowed “revenge” against the Jews, saying “I personally will make sure you do not ascend to Shdema again.” The Council for Shdema and Women in Green therefore call upon “the entire nation of Israel” to come to Shdema next Friday and show massive presence. Dr. Hagi Ben-Artzi will be giving a lecture at 9:00 AM Friday on “The Land of Israel in Kabbalistic Writings.”

Spraying for Israel at Shdema (file) / Flash 90