Skip to comments.Unlikely Alliance in Hevron's 'War of Graffiti'
Posted on 02/06/2013 4:13:41 PM PST by Eleutheria5
In the proceeding years, graffiti, against Jews and Muslims alike, has come to conceal the beauty and allure of the ancient city and area surrounding the Cave of the Patriarchs.
Most of the graffiti appears on David Hamelech Street, the main street in Hevron adjacent to the Jewish community. Among the slogans appearing on almost every wall or storefront are Death to the Jews, Stop the Occupation, and various expletives in both Arabic and English.
However, ten months ago, when Barak Arusi was appointed to lead the police unit in charge of the area surrounding the Jewish holy site, he avowed, as one of his first projects in his new post, to initiate a campaign to cleanse the city, according to Maariv.
He then turned to Noam Arnon, a leader of the Jewish settlement in Hevron, and the two enlisted the help of the local Jewish residents to paint adjacent shops and stores that had been defaced.
After it became apparent that the paint was being supplied by Israel, the Arabs residents agreed to join the process, realizing that their shopssome of which are still in operation-- would benefit from the project as well.
In recent weeks, the Hevron police, together with professionals, cleaned, painted and polished the city.
Incidentally, a number of European radical left-wing activists have managed to vandalize some new doors, which were then repainted in only one day.
"One of the things I learned in the army is that when a place is clean and orderly, there is a decline in violence, Arusi told the Hebrew daily. I definitely believe that dirt and vandalism awaken the violent instincts in people and stimulate incitement.
I hope that the cleaning operation will help in creating a sense of calm in the city, he added.
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