March 16, 2011
Arab-owned cars set afire in Safed
Two cars owned by Arab students at the Safed Academic College were set alight following a campus event to promote dialogue between Jews and Arabs.
Anti-Arab graffiti also was spray-painted on the walls of the college following Tuesday night’s event, according to reports. “Arabs get out,” “Death to Arabs” and “Kahane was right” were among the epithets.
The event broke down into heated discussions, including whether Arabs have a place in the Jewish state, Haaretz reported.
The college condemned the incident. Galilee police are searching for the vandals.
Tensions between Jews and Arabs in the mixed city have been on the rise for months, spurred by a call last fall from the city’s chief rabbi asking Jews not to rent to non-Jews, specifically Arabs.
Many Arab students attend the college and rent apartments nearby.