Anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled at Yad Vashem

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 |  Ryan Jones  

Unidentified vandals overnight Monday scrawled anti-Semitic and Nazi-related graffiti on the walls of Jerusalem's Yad Vashem, the national Holocaust memorial and museum.

The graffiti read: "Hitler, thank you for the great Holocaust. Only because of it did we receive a state from the UN" and "If Hitler hadn't existed, the Zionists would have invented him."

Police suspect the graffiti, which was written in Hebrew, was the work of ultra-Orthodox Jewish anti-Zionists. Tipping them off was the fact that one of the lines of graffiti condemned the State of Israel as "the spiritual Auschwitz of Sephardic Jewry."

While anti-Zionist sentiment is typically expressed by ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi Jews, many ultra-Orthodox Sephardic Jews see their Ashkenazi brothers as elitists who unfairly impose their religious interpretations and traditions upon Israel's religious community.

The incident at Yad Vashem again highlights that there are many Jews living in Israel that refuse to see their nation's rebirth as a fulfillment of God's Word, and that there remain deep rifts in the Jewish community that 64 years of statehood has failed to remedy.

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