Desecrated Torah scroll
Desecrated Torah scroll Eliran Aharon

Three Arabs have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the desecration of the synagogue in the Kiryat Yovel neighborhood of Jerusalem, Channel 12 News reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the police believe that the background to the break-in and the desecration of the Torah scrolls is criminal rather than nationalistic.

The vandals broke into the synagogue overnight, causing heavy damage to the furniture and the Torah scrolls.

In addition to the synagogue’s Torah scrolls, numerous prayer books were damaged or destroyed.

Synagogue officials notified local police, and an investigation into the break-in has been opened.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion said, "This morning we were notified of a shocking incident of the desecration of a synagogue and the destruction of Torah scrolls in Kiryat Yovel. This is a grave event that is reminiscent of dark periods of the Jewish people. We will not permit such crimes to take place in our times.

"I just spoke to the commander of the Jerusalem District of the police and I am certain that the Israeli police will soon place their hands on the criminals," Lion added.

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