The Wall of Hope memorial, dedicated to the hostages held by Hamas, was desecrated with ‘Free Palestine’ graffiti in Melbourne, Australia.
The Wall of Hope was only unveiled on November 3 but has already been vandalised with ‘Free Palestine’ graffiti. The wall is located on the exterior of the Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Center in Melbourne. It features the slogan „Bring Them Home Now” and photos of those who are being held captive.
According to the Jewish community, with help from members of the public who were passing by, staff at Beth Weizmann cleaned the graffiti from the wall, reports The Jerusalem Post.
The leadership of Zionism Victoria, a pro-Israel organisation, released a statement reading, „This will not stop us from publicising their plight. Our community is unbowed by this act of wanton destruction directed at the heart of their community centre.”
Yossi Goldfarb, president of Zionism Victoria, reflected on the incident, stressing the importance of a balance between protest and respect.
„While people have a right to protest the current war or call for the establishment of a Palestinian state – something which we would indeed welcome as part of a two-state solution – it was truly devastating to see the desecration of the wall,” he said, adding that the vandalism sent a very painful message to the victims of the conflict and demonstrated a „complete lack of humanity”.
The antisemitic vandalism raises questions in the community about its broader implications for the community’s safety.
photo credit: Zionism Victoria