Anti-Prophet graffiti has been daubed by Jewish settlers on the wall of a mosque in the occupied West Bank, an Israeli military source and local residents said Sunday, February 12.
The graffiti was first discovered by the mosque’s custodian Osman Zamari when he opened the building at daybreak, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).
“I was opening up as I do every morning and I noticed this writing in Hebrew,” the 67-year-old Zamari said.
“I didn’t know what it was so I went to tell other mosque officials who consequently protested to the local military authorities,” he added.
Palestinian residents said the slogan written in red letters in Hebrew denigrated Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him).
A Star of David was also daubed on the Muslim prayer place, they added.
An Israeli military source confirmed the incident.
“During the night, a group of settlers came to a mosque in the village of Nabi Ilyas and sprayed the graffiti,” the source was quoted by Reuters as saying.
He added that troops had quickly gone to the village to paint over the graffiti, adding that it was not known who was behind the incident.
In August of 2005, Jewish settlers dropped a pig head into a mosque in Jaffa, wrapped by a veil on which was written the name of Prophet Muhammad in Hebrew [source]