3 Haredim Arrested in Yad Vashem Graffiti Case

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.

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

The three men - aged 18, 26 and 27 - are residents of Jerusalem, Bnei Brak and Ashdod. They are to be brought into court for an extension of their remand on Tuesday afternoon.

For two months, police have been conducting an undercover investigation of the three suspects. The investigation was carried out by the Judea and Samaria District because the first incident occurred in the Jordan Valley.

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

The men are accused of spray-painting anti-Zionist slogans in Hebrew on the walls outside Yad Vashem two weeks ago, including: "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 on the Holocaust."

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

They are also accused of spray-painting graffiti 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. They included: "The evil Zionist regime will fall" and "Gunter Grass - be strong and brave."