3 Jewish Youths Arrested for Vandalizing Australian WWI Cemetery

Police cordon off an area of the World War I Beersheba War Cemetery after three Jewish youths were caught toppling over headstones on June 17, 2017. PHOTO: Times of Israel

Police question Jewish youths who toppled headstones in the Beersheba War Cemetery in southern Israel

17 June 2017

TIMES OF ISRAEL — Three Jewish youths were arrested on Saturday after they were caught vandalizing the Beersheba War Cemetery in southern Israel, police said.

A passerby reported to police that the three — two minors aged 14 and 17, and another man aged 18 — were causing damage to tombstones in the graveyard, known locally as the Australian cemetery.

Police arrested the three, and took them to a nearby station for questioning. Pictures released by the police showed several headstones that had been toppled.

A police statement noted that the three suspects were Jewish, and that the cemetery served Christians, but did not indicate whether the incident was religiously motivated or not. […]

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