Three ultra-Orthodox Men Arrested for Vandalizing Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

Suspects, also accused of desecrating Ammunition Hill memorial with anti-Zionist graffiti in April, arrested after lengthy undercover investigation.

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The Judea and Samaria District Police arrested three ultra-Orthodox men overnight Monday on suspicion of desecrating the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial with anti-Zionist slogans two weeks ago.

For two months, the police have been conducting an undercover investigation of the three suspects, aged 18, 26, and 27, leading up to their arrest. The three will be brought into court for an extension of their remand on Tuesday afternoon.

The three men, accused of vandalizing the Yad Vashem memorial with more than 10 anti-Zionist slogans, are also suspected of spray-painting anti-Zionist graffiti at various locations at Jerusalem's Ammunition Hill memorial site in April.

During the arrest, police found spray cans, Palestinian flags, and computer documents suspected of being "incitement against the state."

Despite the fact that the three men are residents of Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, and Ashdod, the investigation was carried out by the Judea and Samaria District since the first incident occurred in the Jordan Valley.

Two weeks ago, anti-Zionist slogans were spray-painted at the entrance to the Israel's Yad Vashem museum.

At least 10 slogans were found on the walls outside the museum, with slogans such as: "Hitler, thank you for the Holocaust", "If Hitler did not exist, the Zionists would have invented him", and "Zionists! You declared war on Hitler in the name of the Jewish people, you brought upon the Holocaust."

Some of the slogans were signed with the words, "The World Zionist Judaism."

In April, graffiti was found at various locations at the Ammunition Hill memorial site in Jerusalem. The graffiti included slogans slamming President Shimon Peres, as well as praise for German poet Gunter Grass. The slogans that were found included: “The evil Zionist regime will fall,” and “Gunter Grass – be strong and brave.”

One of three suspects accused of vandalizing Yad Vashem and other memorials at a Jerusalem court on June 26, 2012.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Graffiti reading "The Zionist leadership wanted the Holocaust" scrawled at Yad Vashem.Credit: Michal Fattal
An anti-Semitic slogan spray-painted on walls of Yad Vashem reads: "If Hitler did not exist, the Zionists would have invented him."Credit: Michal Fattal

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