Desecration of holy sites intolerable: Netanyahu

Netanyahu was speaking during a weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Updated: Oct 09, 2011, 20:56 PM IST

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged not to tolerate any kind of vandalism directed at any religious site, after dozens of Arab graves were found vandalised Saturday in Jaffa, next to Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu was speaking during a weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Hours after the incident, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a synagogue in the same area, apparently in response to the desecration of Muslim and Christian graves in the nearby cemeteries, though no damage was reported.

"Our tolerance is toward religious sensitivities and our need to continue living together in coexistence and mutual respect, without violence, in tranquillity and peace. Our intolerance is directed toward those who oppose these practices and this way of life," Netanyahu said.

He promised to act against the perpetrators to "fullest extent of the law".

About 200 Jews and Arabs rallied Saturday night in Jaffa to protest the incident and against racism and violence.

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