A mural in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Lippstadt was vandalized over the weekend, with graffiti spray-painted on the side of the mural, which depicts a young woman with a baby crying on her chest.
The vandal spray-painter, who identified himself only as ‘Zahava,’ said that he had been going to the park in Lippstad to paint a mural on Sunday morning and that he was surprised to see the graffiti.
“I came to the plaza to paint the mural,” he told The Jerusalem Report on Monday.
“When I got there, I saw the graffiti and decided to go there to see if there was a chance to paint something, but instead I saw this group of people that were going to come and vandalize the mural.”
“I saw the police officers and the [police] cars parked on the street.
They were not looking for anything,” he added.
“It was a surreal moment for me because I saw them and realized that they were going for my picture.”
The woman’s face was painted with an obscene and graphic message, which was covered up by an obscenity shield.
The graffiti had been sprayed on the sides of the “G” with a large cross on the front and the words “Gut and Bitch” written across her chest, and the back of the picture was covered with “Gutter,” the Hebrew word for vagina.
“This is the first time that someone has vandalized the mural in this area,” Lippsteden Police Chief Yossi Rosenfeld told The Israel Times.
“The graffiti on the mural was clearly aimed at the young woman.
The police were there to protect the young lady,” he said.
The woman was hospitalized on Monday with a head wound, Rosenfeld added.
“We can confirm that this was a provocation,” Rosenfeld said.
“We have to make sure that all this kind of provocation is contained.”
The “G-Spot” mural has been the target of anti-Semitic graffiti since at least 2012, when the woman was a 17-year-old student at Tel Aviv University.
Rosenfeld said that while he would have preferred to have prevented the vandalism, the police and the district attorney were unable to prevent it.
“It was not something we could have stopped,” he insisted.
The incident was reported to the police by the young artist, who said that the police did not intervene because he was a student and that the incident was not the first one of its kind.
“No one came to our rescue and no one could protect us,” he claimed.
“The police could have protected us, but they did not.
We had to go to the authorities and tell them that we are being harassed.”
In a Facebook post on Monday, the artist said that in addition to the “anti-Semitic” graffiti, the group of five young men had also taken pictures of him.
“They asked me if I was an idiot for not coming to the scene,” he wrote.
“They also asked if I am a Nazi.
I said I am not, and then they took pictures of me.””
The reason why we came to Lippster was to protect this young woman, who was a victim of a crime, because of the disgusting graffiti on her face,” he continued.
“I am an artist and I am doing this for this young lady who is being harassed by this group.”