Police report damage to a Jaffa archeological excavations site was heavy as a result of a vandalism attack during the night. Vandals stole some of the ancient stones while destroying others, from the site being developed by the Israel Antiquities Authority. Electric lines were also cut.
The damage to the site is reported as “unprecedented” and police are connecting this to mounting chareidi opposition to excavations as well as recent threats against senior officials in the Israel Antiquities Authority. No arrests have been made as of late Monday morning.
Dr. Yoav Arbel, an Israel Antiquities Authority official commented that damage to Ottoman period antiquities is irreparable; pointing out that chareidim caused similar damage at an excavations site in Tzur Natan. This latest attack occurred on Ruslan Street in the Sderot Boulevard area of Jaffa as well as in Nir Galim.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)