'Death to Jews' not newsworthy?

While Israeli media played up 'revenge' graffiti on mosque wall, graffiti in Jerusalem calling for murder of Jews goes largely unnoticed.

David Rosenberg ,

Anti-Semitic Graffiti (stock image)
Anti-Semitic Graffiti (stock image)
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Last week, vandals attempted to set the entrance of a mosque in Samaria on fire, and spray painted the words “Revenge” and “Price Tag” on the mosque’s exterior walls.

The incident, which occurred in the Saada Mosque in the village of Aqraba (Akraba) southeast of Shechem [Nablus], was widely believed to be the work of Israeli Jews – possibly the residents of a Samaria town home to the victim of a terrorist attack last month.

The act of vandalism drew massive media coverage in Israel, and was the top story for hours on several popular news outlets.

When reporters from Hadashot 0404 reported anti-Semitic graffiti in the Old City of Jerusalem, however, the story received virtually no coverage.

Written in Arabic and spray painted on a wall in the Old City, the graffiti reads “Death to Jews” – a form of incitement to violence scrawled in an area that has been the scene of numerous terrorist attacks targeting Jews.

Two cases of graffiti – one with an explicit call to violence – yet only one merited widespread coverage.

Graffiti calling for or endorsing the murder of Jews is actually fairly common in the Old City of Jerusalem , and as Hadashot 0404 reporter Boaz Golan noted, nothing has been done to combat the phenomenon.

“I can only imagine how loud the reaction would be from the various media outlets if this kind of graffiti had been made against Arabs. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been strong enforcement against this kind of [graffiti], and the Arabs do what they want to here.”

“I expect the police to take action against those inciting to murder, and throws them in prison. We all know that [the police] are capable handling this.”