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Walls of Holocaust Museum´s plaza defaced with multiple slogans
lauding Nazis, slamming Israel. Police launch investigation; Neturei
Karta, Eda Haredit extremists deny involvement
The entrance to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem was
Museum workers discovered the damage upon arriving on the premises
According to available details, unknown vandals sprayed graffiti
reading "Hitler, thanks for the Holocaust" and "If Hitler didnít
exist the Zionists would have had to invent him" on one of the walls.
Some 10 other slogans of the same nature were daubed in several other
areas as well, including "Israel is the secular Auschwitz of the
Sephardic Jewry," and "Jews wake up Ė the Zionist regime is
One of the slogans was reportedly signed "The global Zionist mafia"
and another was signed "the global haredi Jewry."
Avner Shalev, chairman of Yad Vshem, said: "I´m appalled by this
blatant act of hatred towards the state and towards Zionism. This has
crossed a red line. I´ve informed the education minister of this
incident and he too was outraged."
The Holocaust Survivors´ umbrella group expressed outrage over the
act: "We demand that the police commissioner appoint a special
taskforce to find the people behind this act," CEO Avi Rosenthal said.
Crime scene investigators were sent to the museum to collect
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed that the police were
investigating the case, adding that no suspects have been identified
Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch spoke with Jerusalem
District Police Commander Niso Shaham regarding the investigation
"We have to find these perpetrators as soon as possible. This was a
heinous crime against one of the State of Israel´s most prominent
symbols. I´m appalled and outraged," Aharonovitch said.
´Neturei Karta not involved´
Despite the supposed radical-haredi indicators to the incident, it
was denounced by the extremist Neturei Karta sect.
Mordechai Hirsch, one of the sect´s leaders, told Ynet that Monday´s
vandalism was not the work of any of the group´s activists and
pointed the finger at the radical Right, suggesting the incident was
in fact a "price tag" act.
"None of our people were involved in this," he stressed. "But I can´t
comment on something I havenít seen for myself."
Another source, affiliated with the extremist Eda Haredit sect, said
that while some may identify with the similar acts, none in the sect
would endorse vandalizing a place like Yad Vashem.
"These kind of slogans are beneath even the biggest anti-Semites in
the world, he added. "This was probably done by the lunatic fringe Ė
and they donít represent anyone. These people are truly sick."
The Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Research Center was established
in 1953. It is dedicated to commemoration of the six million Jews
murdered by the Nazis during World War II. Kobi Nahshoni contributed
to this report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/11/12)
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