10/10/11 (AEIN) The vandalism of Christian and Muslim grave sites in the city of Jaffa, Israel on Friday has led to condemnation by various individuals and groups in the region. Local police have promised to investigate the crime, which may be linked to Israeli settlers.
The Palestine News & Information Agency reported on Sunday that the Mayor of Tel Aviv and the President of Israel had condemned the vandalism. The Assembly of Catholic Bishops in the Holy Land urged the Israeli government to bring those responsible to justice. A councilman in Jaffa termed it an "unforgivable crime."
Outside of Israel, Grand Mufti of Egypt Ali Gomaa strongly condemned the destruction of grave sites and called for the Israeli government to prosecute the guilty individuals. Palestinian newspapers highlighted the vandalism and Arab protests against it, according to the Palestinian news agency.
Vandals both destroyed grave sites and scattered racist graffiti around the cemetery, using such phrases as "death to Arabs." Attacks on mosques by arsonists in Israel and settler assaults upon Palestinian villages in the West Bank had already raised tensions.