Three Israeli teens arrested for desecrating Australian WWI cemetery

June 19, 2017 Agencies
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Three Israeli teenagers were arrested Saturday after being caught vandalising headstones in the Be’er Sheva War Cemetery in southern Israel, the burial site of Australian military from World War I.

A desecrated headstone in the Australian WWI cemetery in Be’er Sheva. Credit: Israel Police.

A witness reported to police that three youths were damaging headstones in what is known locally as the Australian WWI cemetery.

Police apprehended two teens, aged 14 and 17, and an 18-year-old, who were taken to a nearby police station for questioning. Officials released photos of several toppled headstones and noted the suspects were Jewish and that the cemetery served Christians, but have not yet released a motive for the vandalism.

The war memorial was founded for the Australian Light Horse Brigade and is a gravesite for more than 1,200 Commonwealth serviceman, who fought alongside General Edmund Allenby when he captured the land from the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I.


4 Responses to “Three Israeli teens arrested for desecrating Australian WWI cemetery”
  1. J. Fishmann says:

    This Is an act of a hate crime.

  2. Jeffrey Gould says:

    Being an ex serviceman in the Australian army and ex serviceman of three wars in Israel, what these three swine did absolutely blows my sensibilities.

  3. Stan Black says:

    I can’t believe these morons did’t understand the damage they did to Israel’s reputation here in Australia.
    I hope the courts make an example of them.

    • adrian jackson says:

      Note we say “Beersheba” in Australia and New Zealand.

      The parents of the three teens should give them a good caning.

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