Police arrest 4 over Yad Vashem hate graffiti (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN, MELANIE LIDMAN 06/27/12)
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The 4 are also suspected of vandalizing Ammunition Hill and landmarks
in the Jordan Valley around Remembrance Day.
Four suspects from Jerusalem, Bnei Brak and Ashdod are under arrest
on suspicion of spray-painting hate slogans on the Yad Vashem
Holocaust museum, Ammunition Hill and other landmark monuments over
the last couple months, police announced Tuesday morning.
The arrests were carried out by the elite central unit of the Judea
and Samaria district. Police searched the homes of suspects and
seized large amounts of texts condemning Zionism, Israel, and PLO
flags, as well as paint. Texts suspected to be incitement to hatred
were also found on computers.
The suspects confessed to spray painting the graffiti at Yad Vashem,
which shocked the country and deeply upset Holocaust survivors. They
also confessed to spray painting graffiti at Ammunition Hill on
Remembrance Day as well as vandalizing memorials throughout the
The suspects were scheduled to face a remand hearing at the Jerusalem
Magistrate´s Court on Tuesday afternoon.
Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld confirmed that all of the suspects
were members of Neturei Karta.
Neturei Karta is a small but vocal, extreme anti-Zionist sect, which
believes that the founding of the State of Israel, without specific
divine intervention, was a sin.
Police had believed that some sect of haredi extremists had been
responsible for covering the monuments at Yad Vashem with hateful
One spray-painted slogan said, “If Hitler hadn’t existed, the
Zionists would have invented him.”
“Thanks Hitler for the wonderful Holocaust you organized for us! Only
because of you we received a state,” read another, while a third
slogan was, “Jews, wake up, the evil regime does not protect us, it
only endangers us.”
Ten graffiti slogans were spray-painted in large black letters
concentrated in the Warsaw Ghetto Square and the Deportees Memorial
next to the cattle car.
One of the graffiti slogans was signed “World Haredi Jewry.” That, as
well as the content of the graffiti, led police to believe that the
vandalism was carried out by extremist anti-Zionist factions within
the haredi community, said Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby.
Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev said the graffiti “crossed a red
line,” and that it was the worst thing he had seen in his career.
“Throughout all of Jewish society and Israeli society [Yad Vashem is]
a symbol of unity, of tolerance, of values and openness, of discourse
and dialogue among all types of ideas,” said Shalev. He added that
the museum had not experienced any type of vandalism in recent years,
and certainly nothing on this scale.
Melanie Lidman contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 06/27/12)
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