“Eight to 10 men smashed 32 tombstones last night,” said Issam Jaradah, who is in charge of the northern Gaza City cemetery’s maintenance.
Some of the infamous pictures depicting scenes of mistreatment inside the US-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were found stuck on the tombs, some of which also bore the Nazi swastika and the inscription in English “Revenge”, Jaradah said.
The Jaradah family, eight members of which receive salaries from the British embassy in Israel, has been in charge of the cemetery for more than 60 years. It has never been desecrated before.
Abu Mohammad, a Palestinian who lives opposite the cemetery, said the desecration “is an isolated initiative which nobody tolerates, regardless of the crimes perpetrated by US soldiers against Iraqi prisoners”.