A section of the Kotel HaKatan, the “little Western Wall” in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem was desecrated by Arabs over the Sabbath.
The vandals spray-painted the ancient stones of the Holy Temple with Arabic graffiti curses that urged the reader to “Slaughter the Jews.”
Jerusalem City Council member Aryeh King has called for an immediate investigation into the incident.
“I call on Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to demand that police conduct a comprehensive, thorough investigation, since access to the Western Wall is covered by the security cameras of the Jerusalem District Police,” King said.
According to a Facebook post Saturday night by Rabbi Ben Packer of the Heritage House, an Arab girl was arrested in connection to the desecration of the Jewish holy site. Update: Two Arab girls, both minors, have been identified as the suspected perpetrators, and their mother is being questioned by the police, according to a report in 0404.
The sanctity of the “small Western Wall” equals that of the regular Western Wall, and in fact this section is considered to be the second closest possible place to the Holy of Holies in the Holy Temple that is accessible to the public 24/7. The closest section of the Western Wall to the Holy of Holies is within the Western Wall Tunnels.