Vandals desecrate war memorial in Jerusalem (JERUSALEM POST) By MELANIE LIDMAN 04/23/12)
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Anti-Zionist vandals desecrated the war memorial at Ammunition Hill
in Jerusalem, just a day before the annual Memorial Day will begin.
The vandals spray painted "Zionism is the original sin,” “Zionists
are wretched," and "Gunter Grass was right" on the entrance to the
museum. The Gunter Grass incident refers to a German writer who wrote
earlier this month that Israel was a serious threat to global peace
and security, and who the Interior Ministry subsequently declared a
persona non grata.
They also tried to burn the large flag that flies atop Ammunition
Hill, but they were unsuccessful.
Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat slammed the attacks and immediately sent
the anti-graffiti teams from the municipality to clean the site.
Police opened an investigation but had no leads towards the
Ammunition Hill director Katri Maoz said the graffiti he found most
offensive was the damage to a memorial for soldiers who died in the
line of duty and were children of soldiers who fought at the site in
the Six Day War. The vandals blacked out a verse from the Torah
inscribed on the memorial – “The children will remember the covenant
of their fathers.”
Maoz said he thought the site was targeted because it is a well-known
location that attracts many different sectors of the
population. “Always before Remembrance Day it’s a sensitive and
difficult time,” said Maoz. “During this time the nation actually
finds a way to unite and leave the disagreements behind, and someone
is trying to destroy this,” he said.
MK Uri Ariel (National Union), the head of the Jerusalem lobby,
condemned the attack’s timing right before the Memorial Day holiday
and accused the perpetrators of “lacking any Jewish sensitivity.” (©
1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/23/12)
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