Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem vandalized for second time

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A joint Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem was attacked for the second time in eight months.

Swastikas and anti-Arab graffiti were spray-painted on the walls of the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School overnight Tuesday, coinciding with the last day of school.

Some of the graffiti read “Arabs to slaughter” and “Arab blood is cheap.” The southern Jerusalem school, which was set on fire in an arson attack in November by right-wing Jewish extremists, cleaned off the graffiti the same day.

In a message on Facebook, the school wrote about the attack, “Like kids throughout the country, the elementary school students at the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem school arrived excited for their last day of school today. Their excitement was cut short at the sight of hateful anti-Arab graffiti that was painted on the side of the school.”

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The students in response made signs that said “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies” and placed them over where the graffiti had been.

“This is our answer, and we continue to believe and live this every day,” the school said.

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