An Orthodox Jewish school in Melbourne has been vandalised with graffiti that depicts the slogan “Free Palestine.”
The words were spray-painted on the driveway of the Cheder Levi Yitzchok school. It is understood that Victoria state police are investigating the incident.
The graffiti was reported to the Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC), an Australian organisation that tackles antisemitism. The group then informed Port Philip City Council which removed the graffiti.
ADC Chair Dvir Abramovich said of the incident: “To attack a Jewish institution in order to express a hatred against Israel is antisemitic, and these activists have torn up the rule book of decency and are now targeting Jewish schools with their vicious propaganda and calls to destroy Israel.
“Their desire to intimidate and sow fear knows no bounds…to defile a place where children play and learn is beyond words and beyond contempt and it is not a surprise that parents would be very concerned about the safety of their children. This is not what Australia is about.”
He added, “I hope that those cowards who committed this sickening outrage are identified and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Image credit: ADC