Anonymous vandals sprayed various symbols on the wall of the
Yegia Kapayim synagogue on the corner of Pines and Rashi
Streets in Jerusalem last week.
Members of the shul were shocked to discover that
Christian symbols had been spray-painted in black. Beside the
Christian symbols was the symbol of Satan's Cult, leading to
the assumption that the criminals are members of that
Members of the shul, as well as other neighbors, were
appalled by this shocking act of vandalism, and expressed
their fear that more serious acts might ensue.
Last week, Yated Ne'eman informed Deputy Mayor of
Jerusalem, Rabbi Uri Maklev, of the incident. As a result,
municipal inspectors arrived on the site and quickly erased
Other types of graffiti, along with abusive slogans against
the chareidi community, were sprayed on additional synagogues
and yeshivos in Jerusalem's Geula neighborhood and along
neighboring Haturim Street. The Municipality promised to
remove all of the graffiti.
Vandalism of synagogues has been increasing lately, and
numerous instance of horrendous graffiti have been discovered
throughout the country. These acts must be viewed against the
background of increasing incitement against the country's
religious and chareidi sectors.