Three members of the radical ultra-Orthodox sect Neturei Karta were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion that they had vandalized a Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial earlier this month as well as several additional sites commemorating fallen IDF soldiers in the Jordan Valley.
"Hitler, thank you for the wonderful Holocaust" was one of the slogans spray painted some two weeks ago on the open campus of Yad Vashem, Israel's main Holocaust memorial site.
One of the three suspects is a Jerusalem resident; the other two are from the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak. Judea and Samaria District Police found spray cans in the suspects' homes as well as posters inciting against the state and PLO flags, Army Radio reported Tuesday.
The suspects were set to re-enact the Yad Vashem vandalism on Tuesday night.
The three, aged 18, 26 and 27, call themselves the "Palestine Jews." They confessed to the crimes and remarked that they had committed the act out of hatred toward the Zionist entity and the state.
"I would like to congratulate the Israel Police for its determination and professionalism in apprehending the suspects who spray painted hateful things and defiled Yad Vashem and Ammunition Hill," Army Radio quoted Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat as saying. "We need to communicate a message of zero tolerance for any expression of violence or vandalism."