Rabin graves vandalized
- Jerusalem Post
April 3, 2005
Rabin graves vandalized
By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
The Jerusalem graves of the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and his
wife Leah were vandalized Sunday, in the fourth grave desecration in the
last five days, police said.
The words "murderous dog" were scrawled in Hebrew in black spray-paint
on the Rabin's Mount Herzl gravesite, while a black stripe blocked out
The vandalism, occurring nearly a decade after the premier was
assassinated by an ultra-nationalist Jew, was the latest in a rash of
attacks on the gravesites of former Israeli and Jewish leaders,
including Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl and Israel's first prime
minister David Ben-Gurion.
The latest grave desecration was discovered Sunday morning by cemetery
workers who summoned police.
In the wake of the attack, a special police team was established by
Jerusalem police chief Ilan Franco to investigate the vandalism, police
Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby had previously said that
police were not charged with security at the city's official military
cemetery, which, he said, was under the jurisdiction of the ministry of
On Friday, Nazi graffiti was found scrawled on twelve graves in the
In that attack, the words "Hitler the brain" were spray-painted in
Hebrew on a dozen graves of fallen Israeli soldiers.
Friday's vandalism was discovered by a bereaved father visiting the
grave-side of his son.
"When I got to the last row of graves, where my son is lying, I saw a
black stain on the stone, I thought someone had lit a candle or
something," David Avidar said on Israel Radio. "Then I saw, on another
grave, a letter. I looked up and saw other letters, spelling "Hitler,
the brain" one letter on each grave."
Friday's Jerusalem grave desecrations came less than 72 hours after the
nearby gravesite of Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl was vandalized.
On Wednesday, in the part of the cemetery dedicated to national leaders,
the phrase "Neo-Nazi Hail Beilin," referring to the far-left Israel
politician, was sprayed in the courtyard in front of a monument to
That same day the word "Hitler" was also scrawled in black spray-paint
on the Negev desert gravesite of Israel's first prime minister, David
A left-wing legislator asserted Sunday that police were not doing enough
to catch the perpetrators, while another liberal parliamentarian
suggested that grave desecration was a hint that the next political
assassination was fast approaching.
"We are not dealing with the perpetrators of the previous crime, but
with the perpetrators of the next one," said MK Ran Cohen (Yahad), "If
the suspects were Arabs, the police would have long found them," he
Labor MK Eitan Cabel added that the desecration should serve as a
reminder that the next political murder could only be "a matter of
Over the last several months, a slew of graffiti attacks condemning
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for his Gaza withdrawal plan have gone up on
Jerusalem streets, vandalism police suspect is the work of far-right
In January, three far-right activists were indicted on charges of
vandalism and incitement to violence for allegedly scrawling graffiti on
The three, one a minor, are suspected of writing such slogans as "We
will rebel against the evil government," and "Death to Sharon."
Similar slogans appeared on Jerusalem streets prior to the 1995
assassination of the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
But Jerusalem police said that it was not clear who was behind the
latest gravesite attacks.