The house of Yaakov Malkin’s, an Israeli athiest leader, on Thursday morning was found vandalized with the David star, slogans from the old testament on the doors and walls, in addition to a threatening letter and knife planted by the entrance.
The house is located in the German Colony neighborhood, West Jerusalem.
According to the Israel National News, “Destruction of Amalek” was scrawled on the fence surrounding the house as was “Psalms 139: 21-22.”
The full verses were not spray-painted as part of the graffiti, but the ones from Psalms read as follows:
21: Do I not hate them, O Lord, that hate You? And do I not strive with those that rise up against You? 22: I hate them with utmost hatred; I count them as my enemies.
An envelope containing a threatening letter with Biblical passage numbers “Exodus 16:14-15” written on it was also left at the scene, along with a knife.
Israeli police arrived at the scene on Thursday and have begun an investigation into the circumstances of the incident, with a hate crime being examined as a possibility.
Haaretz reported later the vandalism occurred at the home of Prof. Yaakov Malkin, the director of Tmura, the International Institute for Humanistic Secular Judaism, who is vocal about his atheism.
The slogans are thought to have been written by the extremist “Pay The Price” group, which has repeatedly attacked Palestinian homes, churches and mosques overnight, which included the church of loaves and fishes (Tabgha) in Tibereas, and mosques in Ramallah and Nablus.
Following the attack on the church back in May, The Rabbis for Human Rights group said that there have been 43 similar attacks against churches, mosques and monasteries in Israeli-occupied land, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2009, Reuters reported.