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Two Arabs Caught Vandalizing Tomb of the Patriarchs

The two were recorded on security cameras as they were ripping a Mezuzah off the wall
The two vandals, as recorded on CCTV.

The two vandals, as recorded on CCTV.
Photo Credit: Tomb of Patriarchs Administration.

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Two Palestinians were arrested last night after being caught red handed in the commission of an act of vandalism in the Cave of the Patriarchs. The two were recorded on security cameras as they were ripping a Mezuzah off the wall in the hall of Ya’acov and Leah.

Superintendent Barak Arusi, commander of the police unit guarding the site, stated that the two, aged 20, were charged with attempted theft and with an attempt to offend religious sentiments. During their questioning one of the detainees denied his involvement, but the confessed to the charges and implicated his accomplice as well. They are both held in custody.

This is the fourth reported act of desecration by Muslims against Jewish religious symbols over the month of Ramadan. Tazpit News Agency reported yesterday that Mezuzahs were desecrated for a third time by Muslims frequenting the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Following the incident Sunday, Muslims age 18 – 35 were barred temporarily from entering the Tomb of the patriarchs, but Major General Nitzan Alon, chief of the IDF Central Command, rescinded the directive. A short while later, the two vandals were caught in the act.


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About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.


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7 Responses to “Two Arabs Caught Vandalizing Tomb of the Patriarchs”

  1. Cody Flecker says:

    The punishment for these crimes is to cut off the hands of these criminals. Israel should make believe that it is Saudi Arabia, that would be the punishment in that Arab land.

  2. Danna Contreras says:

    grrr! this is soo…sooo terrible! I hate when this things happen. Please don´t allow muslims there!

  3. Nan Brall says:

    They would be beheaded by the Palestinians.

  4. Benjamin Fox says:

    Hang them from their so called manhood as they have none.

  5. Zippy Lev says:

    What kind of criminals is this? After doing the same thing 3 times they don't think, "oh, someone might put security cameras on the mezuzas?

  6. Tim Upham says:

    The Cave of the Patriarchs is also revered in Islam. It is there for both Muslims and Jews. So leave the mezuzah alone. You are not impressing anyone by ripping it down. Anyone including Muslims and Jews.

  7. Alan Kardon says:

    In this case it would be wise to follow Islamic law for the vandalism that was done. Whatever the penalty that is written should be used. That would make Israel a true Democracy.

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