Vandalism at Jerusalem Holy Site May Have Aimed to Erase Traces of Muslim Past

About two weeks ago, a young ultra-Orthodox man was arrested after he was caught using a hammer to smash centuries-old painted wall tiles.

An attempt to harm the fragile status quo at the building which houses King David's Tomb and the room of the Last Supper may have been behind the smashing of centuries-old tiles at the site two weeks ago, informed sources indicated on Thursday. The  Israel Antiquities Authority and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which manages the site, said the damage to the tiles was 'total.'

The tiles,...