MAN IN CUS­TODY FOR VANDALISM OF IS­RAELI FLAG IN PHILADEL­PHIA

South Florida Times - - WEEK IN REVIEW -

PHILADEL­PHIA (AP) - A man ac­cused of splat­ter­ing red paint on an Is­raeli flag in Philadel­phia has been taken into cus­tody.

Laura Frank, an em­ployee of the Jewish Fed­er­a­tion of Greater Philadel­phia, tells the Philadel­phia In­quirer she saw a man stand­ing near the flag with a paint gun on Tues­day and called po­lice.

Demo­cratic Mayor Jim Ken­ney con­firmed a sus­pect was taken into cus­tody and de­cried the vandalism as hate­ful.

Ken­ney said “emo­tions are run­ning high'' af­ter Is­raeli sol­diers killed dozens of Pales­tini­ans protest­ing on the Gaza border on Mon­day. The protests were partly driven by anger over the re­lo­ca­tion of the U.S. Em­bassy in Is­rael from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The vandalism sus­pect's name hasn't been re­leased. The flag hangs along a ma­jor boule­vard as part of a dis­play of world flags.

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