Difficult to See – Troubling Signs of A-S at Yad Vashem

June 11, 2012 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Police arrest 4 over Yad Vashem hate graffiti

Jerusalem Post  June 26, 2012
By YAAKOV LAPPIN AND MELANIE LIDMAN

The 4 are also suspected of vandalizing Ammunition Hill and landmarks in the Jordan Valley around Remembrance Day.

Four haredi suspects from Jerusalem, Ashdod and Bnei Brak are under arrest on suspicion of spray painting anti- Zionist hate slogans on the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum on June 11, police announced Tuesday morning.

The arrests were carried out by the elite central unit of the Judea and Samaria district, following an undercover investigation which focused on the handwriting in the messages to track down suspects.

Police searched the homes of the suspects, who are members of Natorei Karta and seized large amounts of texts condemning Zionism and Israel; PLO flags; and paint. Texts suspected to be incitement to hatred were also found on computers.

Police accused the suspects of painting the graffiti at Yad Vashem, which shocked the country and deeply upset Holocaust survivors, as well as being responsible for graffiti at Ammunition Hill on Remembrance Day and vandalizing army memorials throughout the Jordan Valley. On one of the memorials they wrote “Shimon Peres is Amalek,” a biblical reference to the enemies of the Jewish people.

Three of the suspects were remanded on Tuesday in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, and the fourth was arrested early on Tuesday. Two of the suspects from Bnei Brak and Jerusalem will remain in detention while the 26-yearold suspect from Ashdod will be released to house arrest tomorrow.

Lawyers for the suspects insisted that they had nothing to do with the events, and the only thing they were guilty of is sending anti-Zionist text messages. At least one of the suspects is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that all of the suspects were members of Natorei Karta.

Natorei Karta is a small but vocal, extreme anti-Zionist sect, which believes that the founding of the State of Israel, without specific divine intervention, was a sin.

One spray-painted slogan said, “If Hitler hadn’t existed, the Zionists would have invented him.”

“Thanks Hitler for the wonderful Holocaust you organized for us! Only because of you we received a state,” read another, while a third slogan was, “Jews, wake up, the evil regime does not protect us, it only endangers us.”

One of the graffiti slogans was signed “World haredi Jewry.” That, as well as the content of the graffiti, led police to believe that the vandalism was carried out by extremist anti- Zionist factions within the haredi community, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben- Ruby said at the time of the attack.

“I believe that it was important to know the identities of those who spray-painted the graffiti,” said Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev. “The suspects are extremist ultra- Orthodox Jews, anti-Zionists, who are on the fringes of society and do not represent the majority who respect the memory of the Holocaust.”

Shalev said the vandalism attack two weeks ago was the largest the museum has ever experienced, and that it was the worst thing he had seen in his career.

“Throughout all of Jewish society and Israeli society [Yad Vashem is] a symbol of unity, of tolerance, of values and openness, of discourse and dialogue among all types of ideas,” said Shalev on the day of the attack.

Update from JTA

Yad Vashem hit with anti-Israel, anti-Semitic graffiti

June 11, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Anti-Israel and anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted on the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

The slogans written in Hebrew — including “Hitler, thank you for the Holocaust,” “If Hitler did not exist, the Zionists would have invented him,” and “The war of the Zionist regime is not the war of the Jewish people” — were mostly found at the entrance to the museum and concentrated near the Warsaw Ghetto Square and the memorial to the deportees.

Police reportedly believe that haredi Orthodox Jewish extremists, who are opposed to the State of Israel, believing it should not be established until the arrival of the Messiah, are responsible for the crime, which occurred early Monday morning.

Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev called the vandalism a “blatant act of hatred of Israel and Zionism,” and said it “crosses a red line.”

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—–Original Message—–
From: Yad Vashem <newsletter@yadvashem.org.il>
To: haitiholocaust <haitiholocaust@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Jun 11, 2012 7:15 am
Subject: Graffiti Defaces Warsaw Ghetto Square

If you’re having trouble viewing this email, you may see it online.

June 11, 2012

Dear Friend,

This morning, numerous hate filled comments were sprayed in graffiti across walls in a few areas of the Yad Vashem outdoor campus. The comments attacked Zionists as Hitler’s partners and included slurs such as “If Hitler hadn’t existed, the Zionists would have invented him”. A large part of the comments were sprayed across the Warsaw Ghetto Square, the site where the national ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day takes place every year.

For the official Yad Vashem statement {and photos] click here.

Unity and tolerance are two of the core values which form the foundations of Yad Vashem. This shocking act of vandalism is an attack on these values.

The police have launched an investigation and Yad Vashem, together with the municipality have begun to clean the walls and will be finished by the end of the day.

As part of our circle of friends and partners in our ongoing efforts to commemorate the horrors of the Holocaust, while spreading the message of tolerance for future generations, we would like to thank you for your words of support and encouragement which give us strength to continue our educational work.

With hope for a better future,

http://e2ma.net/go/11058962660/208911874/234312685/1408071/goto:https://secure.yadvashem.org/donation/testimonies_campaign.asp

Shaya Ben Yehuda
Director
International Relations Division

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