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Photos: Arabs Ransack Samuel´s Tomb, Vandalize Hevron Graveyard

Over the Sabbath, Arabs destroyed property and religious items in the Tomb of Samuel, north of Jerusalem.
By Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 1/28/2007, 6:46 PM / Last Update: 1/28/2007, 10:27 AM

Over the Sabbath, Arabs destroyed property and religious items in the Tomb of Samuel, north of Jerusalem. On Sunday morning, Hevron's Jewish residents found their graveyard had also been attacked.

Samuel's Tomb, called Kever Shmuel by Jews and Nebi Samwil by Muslims, is located just north of Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood and can clearly be seen from many areas of the capital. The main prayer hall in the tomb was smashed and phones and fax machines from an adjacent office were stolen. Police say Arabs are behind the attack and are investigating the incident to identify the perpetrators.

A smashed case that held ornate oil lamps
The Iron door of the ark inside the tomb was broken into, its contents stolen and the decorations and pillars surrounding the ark smashed
A drill bit left behind by the vandals
A cabinet with religious articles and prayerbooks was pried open and the books torn and destroyed
The oil in the lamps was thrown against the wall

There is also a mosque in the tomb complex.

Hevron's ancient cemetery is located near the Admot Yishai (Tel Romeida) neighborhood. It also has a new section, which was targeted by the attackers.
Hevron's Jewish cemetery was vandalized over the Sabbath as well, with headstones overturned, graves smashed and covered with graffiti

(Photos: Sedmoy Kanal-Russian Language Arutz-7 & Hevron Jewish Community)