Rita Manessis’ Melbourne home vandalised over support for Palestine

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Rita Manessis’ Melbourne based home was targeted in what has been labelled as a ‘disgusting’ graffiti attack over her support for Palestine.

According to 7News, the 53-year-old’s Templestowe property was spray-painted on Thursday night with swastika symbols alongside statements such as “death to Palestine.”

Greek-Australian, Manessis, who is not Musilm, expressed she believed the attack was a response to her public campaigning aimed at ending Israel’s war in Gaza.

Anti-Palestine graffiti outside the home of Rita Manessis in Melbourne’s north-east. Photo ISLAMOPHOBIA REGISTER
Anti-Palestine graffiti outside the home of Rita Manessis in Melbourne’s north-east. Photo: ISLAMOPHOBIA REGISTER.
Palestinian solidarity rally in Melbourne, February 2023 (Image: Matt Hrkac/Alamy Live News)
Palestinian solidarity rally in Melbourne, February 2023. Photo: Matt Hrkac/Alamy Live News.

Manessis said the incident was “not surprising” in context with other attacks on pro-Palestinian supporters in Australia and internationally.

“I have a sticker on my car, a free Palestine sticker in my window by my door … people who walk up and down and are peering inside might spot it”, Manessis said.

“I also walk around with my keffiyeh (Palestinian scarf) as a public display of solidarity”.

Victoria Police is investigating the attack and declared, “there is absolutely no place at all in our society for hate-based symbols and behaviour.”

Source: 7News

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