Israel: Pro-Islamic State messages graffitied in north

‘Daesh,’ Arabic for Islamic State, spray painted in the Druze town of Daliyat al-Karmel. (photo credit: Police spokesperson)

Two incidents of pro-Islamic State graffiti in northern Israeli Arab villages were discovered over the weekend, prompting police to open criminal investigations into the circumstances of both events.

In the northern Druze town of Daliyat al-Karmel, residents discovered four graffiti spray paintings of the word “Daesh” — an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State — near a soccer field on Saturday.

In a separate incident the same day, the words “Daesh is on the way” were found daubed in Arabic alongside an Israeli flag in the village of Bana’a, in the Galilee.

Rafik Halabi, head of the Daliyat al-Karmel council, urged police to act quickly to apprehend those responsible for the graffiti, saying that “even if children did this as a prank, we are taking this incident very seriously,” the Israeli news site NRG reported. “The Druze community condemns this Islamic terrorist organization,” he said…