Israeli Cabinet Condemns Religious Site Vandalism

| October 9, 2011

Jerusalem, Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ministers of his cabinet on Sunday strongly condemned the recent vandalism of religious sites, after dozens of Muslim and Christian gravestones were found desecrated on Saturday.

"Recently we have witnessed attacks on Muslim sites, a Christian site, and a Jewish site — a synagogue — which was attacked. We are not prepared to tolerate any vandalism, certainly not of a kind that targets religious sensitivities," Netanyahu said at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, referring to several incidents last week when a mosque was torched, a synagogue and cemeteries were vandalized.

"We will act with full firmness in order to locate them (those who vandalize religious sites). I have instructed the security services to bring those responsible to justice. We will bring the weight of the law on them," Netanyahu added.

The desecration of gravestones at adjacent Muslim and Christian cemeteries overlooking the sea at Jaffa, and a fire-bomb that was thrown at a nearby synagogue were reported on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.

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