ISRAEL MUSINGS: OP-EDS & ARTICLES
- January 5, 2015
Posted by bonniekgoodman on January 5, 2015
Source: LAT, 11-19-12
Supporters of Israel and the Palestinians clashed during a rally Sunday outside the Federal Building in Westwood. No arrests were made, but one person suffered a broken arm and Wilshire Boulevard was closed for a time, officials said….READ MORE
Posted by bonniekgoodman on November 19, 2012
Source: JTA, 6-26-12
Three haredi Orthodox men were arrested for allegedly spray-painting anti-Semitic and anti-Israel graffiti on the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.
The men, aged 18, 26 and 27, of Jerusalem and Bnei Brak and reportedly of the Neturei Karta group, were arrested Tuesday and reportedly admitted committing the vandalism earlier this month. They are also suspected of being connected to vandalism attacks at Ammunition Hill on Memorial Day and on memorials in the Jordan Valley.
The slogans, written in Hebrew, included “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.”
Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev praised the quick and effective work of the police.
“I believe that it was important to know the identities of those who spray-painted the graffiti. 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. “Numerous reactions that we received from Israel and around the world, expressing condemnation and repugnance of the graffiti testify that this warped action offended many, and I hope that the court will mete out justice to the criminals.”
The Neturei Karta is a group of Orthodox Jews that rejects Zionism and the establishment of the State of Israel, believing that a legitimate Israel can only be reestablished with the coming of the Messiah.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on June 26, 2012
Source: JTA, 6-25-12
A synagogue in central Israel was defaced with Arabic graffiti.
The vandalism was discovered June 22 on a synagogue in central Israel’s Moshav Maor.
The graffiti was from an Islamic prayer and read “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet.”
It came days after a West Bank mosque near Ramallah was torched and graffiti protesting the upcoming evacuation of several apartment buildings in the Ulpana neighborhood of the West Bank settlement of Beit El was painted on its walls in what is being considered a price tag attack.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on June 25, 2012
Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum officials were shocked Monday morning to discover anti-Zionist hate slogans and graffiti praising Hitler.
“Hitler, thanks for the Holocaust” and “If Hitler didn’t exist the Zionists would have had to invent him” were among the graffiti scrawled on the walls of the plaza. Another hate message stated, “Jews wake up – the Zionist regime is dangerous,” and the vandalism was signed by “The global Zionist mafia.”
Yad VaShem director Avner Shalev said, “I am shocked and horrified by this blatant act of burning hatred against the country and against Zionism. It has crossed the red line and is very worrisome.”
He said it is not clear who was behind the vandalism, and police are investigating.
Education Minister Gideon Saar asserted that the vandals “intended to insult public sensitivities.” One of the signatures indicated that anti-Zionist Jews may have been behind the hate attack, and security cameras may offer evidence of the perpetrators.
Yad VaShem was closed in the morning while workers tried to erase the damage.
Source: JTA, 6-11-12
Vandals spray painted anti-Israel and anti-Semitic graffiti at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.
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 Jewish extremists, who are opposed to the state of Israel, believing that 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, who is a Holocaust survivor, called the vandalism a “blatant act of hatred of Israel and Zionism,” and said that it “crosses a red line.”
Posted by bonniekgoodman on June 11, 2012