Daily Israel Report

Hareidi Yeshiva Students 'Desecrate' Holocaust Memorial

Students caught holding barbecue next to memorial for Holocaust victims on night of Holocaust Memorial Day.
By Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 4/28/2014, 11:34 AM

Barbecue (illustration)
Barbecue (illustration)
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Roughly 100 students from a hareidi yeshiva in Jerusalem were caught Sunday night, as Holocaust Memorial Day began, holding a barbecue and listening to music right by a memorial to Holocaust victims and fallen IDF soldiers.

Police in Beit Shean, located in Israel's north, were called to the town's Habanim Park around 10 p.m. on Sunday night, in response to reports of the revelers desecrating the Holocaust victim monument.

Upon arriving on the scene, police found two buses with roughly 100 yeshiva students, aged 12- to 15-years-old, sitting beside them, barbecuing. The students apparently were taking a trip to Park Hayarden, located north of Lake Kinneret.

Officers detained the teachers who were responsible for the group, one 26 years old and the other 38 years old, and questioned them on suspicion of offending religious sensitivities. They ordered the students to disperse and leave the area.

The teachers attempted to justify their act by telling the police that they were simply looking for a place to eat dinner.