Police arrested two people Sunday suspected of vandalizing the grave of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit’s father, including one of the leaders of the protests against Mendelblit.
The activist has been arrested previously during the weekly demonstrations protesting what the activists term Mendelblit’s inaction in the corruption cases against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Police searched his house and released him under restrictive conditions after questioning.
Attorney Daniel Haklay, who represents the protest leaders, said the leaders wanted to make known that they had nothing to do with the vandalism and that the activist who was investigated would never “think of violence of any kind.”
Attorney Carmel Betto, who represents the suspect, said his client denies being involved in any crime and has answered all the police’s questions.
Mendelblit complained to the police in December that the headstone of his father’s grave in the Yarkon Cemetery had been smashed, but declined to speculate on the motive. He said he discovered the vandalism when he visited the cemetery on the anniversary of his mother’s death.
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Police said the gravestone was apparently smashed with a hammer or some other heavy tool. They didn’t find any other vandalized graves in the vicinity, and concluded that the grave had probably been chosen deliberately.
The vandalism was denounced across the political spectrum.
In response to Sunday’s arrest, Netanyahu wrote on Twitter: “Left-wing demonstrators have been holding weekly demonstrations opposite Mendelblit’s home for three years now. Left-wing activists also harass the attorney general at synagogue and in the supermarket. Now, police are even investigating suspicions that they desecrated his father’s grave. Insane, thuggish pressure to indict me at any price. One can only hope that the attorney general won’t give in to this enormous pressure.”