Police were investigating on Thursday the defacement of a memorial to IDF soldiers killed in the battle to liberate Yerushalayim in the 1967 Six Day War. The “Bell Memorial” in Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, south of the city, was found on Thursday to be defaced with Arabic graffiti calling for the death of Jews and Israelis. The battle for the Memorial and the adjacent neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv was considered a key turning point in the battle for the city. Police have opened an investigation, and municipal officials are determining ways to clean up the memorial.
IDF soldiers Wednesday night raided a home in the Chevron area village of Dayahriya, where, acting on a tip, they uncovered a cache of illegal weapons. Among the weapons were handguns, ammunition, firebombs, and an M-16 rifle. Several individuals were arrested and are being questioned.
Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested 11 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.