Monuments for IDF Soldiers vandalized (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Itamar Fleishman Published: 04.19.12, 17:10)
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Two monuments near Jordan Rift Valley settlements sprayed with
slogans reading ´Stop Zionism´ and ´End the occupation´
A mere week before Israel marks Fallen Soldiers and Victims of
Terrorism Remembrance Day, two monuments near Jordan Rift Valley
settlements were vandalized. The monuments were sprayed with slogans,
and the names of the commemorated were covered. In addition,
Palestinian flags were painted on the monument.
One of the vandalized monuments was dedicated to Salit Sheetrit who
was murdered in a terrorist attack in 2001. The monument, near
Mehola, was sprayed, and a Palestinian flag was painted over a part
of the monument, an Israeli flag made from iron.
A second monument located near Petza´el, commemorating the names of
IDF soldiers and civilians who were killed in the region, was sprayed
with slogans reading "End the Occupation" and "Stop Zionism." The
names of fallen IDF soldiers were sprayed with black paint and a
Palestinian flag was painted on it.
The police said Thursday that it is likely that the same perpetrators
are responsible for the acts.
Chairman of Jordan Rift Valley Regional Council David Alhiani
said: "Only one week before we commemorate those who died for the
country and those scum of people desecrate their memory and hurt
families in the name of an agenda." T
Alhiani did not reject the possibility that anarchist activists are
behind the act. He mentioned the possibility that the vandalizing is
linked to the recent incident in which Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner struck
a Danish pro-Palestinian protester during a confrontation.
Wednesday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz ordered Wednesday
that Eisner be relieved of his duties as deputy commander of the
IDF´s Jordan Valley Brigade over "operational and ethical failures."
Eisner said yesterday: "I´m physically and emotionally hurt and I
have to recuperate. I have to reconsider my future in the IDF."
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