Israeli Man Arrested, Accused of Using Spray Paint to Cover Up Pro-Palestinian Graffiti
A South Florida man was arrested after, police said, they caught him using spray paint to cover up pro-Palestinian graffiti at a South Florida highway.
Thirty-year-old Yoni Maimon was charged with two counts of criminal mischief.
“The boss called me around 8 a.m. and told me about some ‘Free Palestine,’ and if I can cover,” said Maimon. “I drive through I-95 next to exit 27 and I saw under the bridge the ‘Free Palestine,’ ‘Free Gaza,’ and then I went to Home Depot, bought the spray, and I just covered everything.”
According to the arrest report, on Jan. 2, Florida Highway Patrol Troopers were dispatched to the scene on Interstate-95, near Marina Mile Boulevard, after receiving reports of “possible vandalism.”
Once at the scene, troopers found Maimon holding a spray paint can. A trooper then pulled out a taser and ordered Maimon to put the can down.
According to Maimon, he told troopers that he is from Israel and was trying to cover up the pro-Palestinian messages.
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