Vandals spray-painted anti-Semitic slogans at the entrance to Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Jerusalem on Monday.
At least 10 slogans were found on the walls outside the museum, with slogans such as: “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 upon the Holocaust.”
Some of the slogans were signed with the words, “The World Zionist Judaism.”
Jerusalem Police suspect that those responsible for the graffiti are anti-Zionist Charedi Jews, similar to the vandalism that was found at Ammunition Hill memorial site earlier this year.
“I am shocked and horrified by this blatant act of hatred of Israel and Zionism,” said Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev. “This is a disconcerting act that crosses the line.”
Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar also expressed horror and dismay at the anti-Semitic vandalism.
“I am shocked by the vandalism that was carried out this morning,” Sa’ar said. “Whoever desecrated and tarnished Yad Vashem with these disturbed slogans, did it in order to issue a blow to the emotions of the public. I am counting on Israel Police to track the vandals and bring them to justice.”
Meanwhile, a car in an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem was also vandalized on Monday, with the word “Ulpana”, referring to the controversial neighborhood in the settlement of Beit El which was built on privately owned Palestinian land.
Vandals also punctured the tires of seven cars owned by Israeli Arabs in the neighborhood.
Jerusalem Police said that according to an initial investigation, the two incidents were not related.