Shaked: Court graffiti ‘deserves condemnation’

Despite accusations from leftist MKs that right-wing politicians were to blame for the graffiti scrawled on the wall of the Supreme Court, one nationalist minister has come out against the vandalism. 

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) blasted the graffiti, calling vandalism unacceptable even in the face of critical feelings toward the Supreme Court.

"Derech eretz (common decency – ed.) precedes the Torah," Shaked said, quoting a common Hebrew expression. "Crossing moral boundaries and vandalism are not acceptable, even when the essence (of the institution) is in dispute." 

"The contamination of a state institution will not advance any goal and it deserves condemnation," she added. 

The graffiti scrawled on the Supreme Court's external wall overnight says: "One does not tear down a synagogue. We want a Jewish state." The statement  is a reference to the planned destruction of a synagogue in Givat Ze'ev, north of Jerusalem.

Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni reacted to the graffiti on Twitter by tying it to a recent statement by MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home), who said it was time to take a D-9 bulldozer to the Supreme Court.

MKs Revital Swid (Labor) and Karin Elharar (Yesh Atid), who co-chair the Knesset Caucus for Fortifying the Status of the Rule of Law, meanwhile, announced Wednesday they are calling an emergency session in view of the "repeated attacks on the Supreme Court."


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