3 haredim suspected of vandalizing Yad Vashem

Police arrest three residents of Jerusalem, Bnei Brak in connection to defacement of Holocaust Museum

Itamar Fleishman



The police have arrested three suspects in the vandalism of Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum earlier in June.

Some of the graffiti Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg

Some of the graffiti - Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg

The three, 18, 26 and 27, are ultra-Orthodox residents of Jerusalem and Bnei Brak.

The Jerusalem district Police said Tuesday that the suspects have also been linked to other vandalism cases of monuments in the greater Jerusalem area.

According to police sources, a search of the suspects’ apartments yielded anti-Israel and anti-Zionists material, spray cans and PLO flags. A search of their computers derived material the police said constitutes sedition.


'Hitler, thanks for the Holocaust' (Photos: Ohad Zwigenberg)

'Hitler, thanks for the Holocaust' - Photos: Ohad Zwigenberg

In early June, workers at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum discovered that its main entrance was defaced with graffiti reading “Hitler, thank you for the Holocaust” and “If Hitler didn’t exist the Zionists would have had to invent him” on one of the walls.

Some 10 other slogans of the same nature were found in several other areas as well, including “Israel is the secular Auschwitz of the Sephardic Jewry,” and “Jews wake up – the Zionist regime is dangerous.”

One of the slogans was reportedly signed “The global Zionist mafia” and another was signed “the global haredi Jewry.”


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