Headstones destroyed in cemetery in northern Israel

Police investigate after cemetery caretaker discovers 35 smashed headstones.

Arutz Sheva Staff , | updated: 9:24 PM

Smashed headstone (illustrative)
Smashed headstone (illustrative)

Israel Police received a complaint regarding 35 headstones which were damaged in the northern Israeli city of Nof Hagalil.

According to a police statement, an employee at Nof Hagalil's old cemetery said that he discovered 35 smashed headstones during a routine inspection on Friday.

Some of the headstones were in the "non-Jewish" section of the cemetery, while most were in the Jewish section.

Policemen arriving at the scene gathered evidence and opened an investigation into the incident.

In a Saturday night statement, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said: "The desecration of the graves of the World War I heroes in Haifa is an abhorrent crime."

"We owe these soldiers a historical debt for the liberation of the Land of Israel from Ottoman rule. We are doing everything necessary to find those responsible and bring them to justice."