A Palestinian flag hangs on the ancient Judean synagogue at Samoa. (INN)
Palestinian vandals spray-painted swastikas and hung the Palestinian flag on the ancient Judean synagogue at Samoa Sunday.
Israel National News reported:
About 200 people who visited the ancient Judean synagogue at Samoa, near Hevron, on Sunday, found spray-painted swastikas on the walls of the structure and PLO flags flying above them.
The visit marked 80 years since the start of archeological digs at the site, which are currently being carried out by the Herzog College and the Susia Field School.
About 350 people took part in a conference at the site, and 200 of them opted for a tour of the synagogue, in order to see the unique structure from up close and better understand the part it played in local Jewish history.
Har Hevron Regional Council Head Yochai Dimri said that it is “shocking to see a holy place desecrated in this way.”
“I expect the police to take care of this with at least the same severity in which such matters are taken care of in sites that are sacred to other religions.”
This is not the first time swastikas were scrawled at the site. In 2009, Arutz Sheva reported a similar incident.