Orthodox Zealots Are Suspected of Defacing Ben-gurion’s Grave
Menu JTA Search

Orthodox Zealots Are Suspected of Defacing Ben-gurion’s Grave

Download PDF for this date

The grave of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, was defaced with swastikas by vandals Monday night, and police suspect a gang of young religious zealots, calling themselves Keshet, as the perpetrators.

The grave near Sde Boker, the Negev kibbutz where Ben-Gurion made his home, is a national shrine.

A caretaker discovered it daubed with swastikas and the spray-painted words, “Come find us. We’ve reached over here. Keshet.”

The grave of Paula Ben-Gurion, the prime minister’s widow who was buried alongside him, was untouched.

Kibbutz officials said this was the first time Ben-Gurion’s grave had been desecrated.

Nine alleged members of Keshet were taken into custody over the weekend on unrelated charges.

They are suspected of a series of small explosions and attempted bombings of news kiosks that sold non-Orthodox newspapers near the religious township of Bnei Brak.

A tenth man arrested was released Sunday.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund