Man in custody for vandalism of Israeli flag in Philadelphia

Annette Crawford
May 17, 2018

A man suspected of shooting red paint at an Israeli flag on a major boulevard in Philadelphia was taken into custody Tuesday.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia tells FOX 29 they got the call around 2:30 p.m. FOX 29 cameras were there as police took a man into custody.

"I'm very upset to hear that a symbolism of Israel, symbolism of the Jewish community had been vandalized in such a horrific and horrid way", Jewish Federation spokeswoman Laura Frank told NBC10. Police arrested him and asked if he was responsible for painting the flag, to which he responded yes. At this time, police are not calling this a hate crime. Because the act accrued less than $5,000 of property damage, it will likely be labeled a second-degree misdemeanor, rather than a felony. "Hate and anti-Semitism have no place in the City of Philadelphia", Kenney told CBS Philadelphia.

The protests in Gaza were driven by anger over the controversial relocation of the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as well as calling for their right to return on the day of the Nakba.

Kenney said "emotions are running high" after Israeli soldiers killed dozens of Palestinians protesting on the Gaza border on Monday.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians joined Hamas-organized protests on the Gaza border Monday marking the 70th anniversary of what they call the Nakba, or "catastrophe", of Israel's creation in 1948, as well as protesting the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem that day.

The Israel flag was replaced later Tuesday night. A Holocaust memorial is now under construction near Israel's place among the hundreds of countries represented along the Parkway.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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