Arrests made in Israeli Holocaust memorial vandalism

JERUSALEM Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:16am EDT

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police said on Tuesday they had arrested three ultra-Orthodox Jews on suspicion of having spray-painted anti-Zionist slogans at the national Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial two weeks ago.

The men, aged 18, 26 and 27, belong to an ultra-Orthodox group opposed to Israel's existence and admitted to the vandalism, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. They were due to be arraigned in court later in the day.

Some of the graffiti, all written in Hebrew, accused Israel's founders of secretly encouraging the slaughter of six million Jews by the Nazis during World War Two to hasten the creation, in 1948, of the Jewish state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the slogans outrageous and said after the incident it was hard to believe "a human being could be capable of writing such things".

Some ultra-Orthodox Jews regard modern-day Israel as an abomination, believing the establishment of a Jewish state must await the coming of the Messiah.

Yad Vashem, a museum and memorial, was established on a Jerusalem hilltop in 1953 and is often visited by foreign leaders who lay wreaths in its stark Hall of Remembrance.

(Writing by Jeffrey Heller, editing by Diana Abdallah)

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There is almost no shadow of a doubt that the holocaust occured, but what kind of “democracy is Israel” if we can’t even question it or if for political purposes if it may have been made into something more than it actually was? Oh silly me I forgot it isn’t a democracy just a sham word which is used when it serves a purpose.

Jun 26, 2012 5:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:
Hitler’s financiers are a very interesting bunch. Definitely worth an exposé. The evidence provided by Stalin at Neuremberg is another stick of dynamite waiting to blow. The numbers old chap, are mostly Stalins victims.

Jun 26, 2012 5:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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