Two teenagers accused of vandalizing a Christian cemetery in Jerusalem

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 Two teenagers accused of vandalizing a Christian cemetery in Jerusalem

Charges will be brought against two teenagers suspected of vandalizing dozens of graves at a historic Christian cemetery in Jerusalem earlier this month, Israeli police said in a statement on Monday.

An investigation revealed that 28 tombstones at a Protestant cemetery on Mount Zion were vandalized.

The two suspects, aged 18 and 14, whose names were not released, came from the central region of the country, police said.

CCTV footage shows two young men wearing Jewish skullcaps knocking over crosses, smashing tombstones and throwing rubbish on the graves.

During interrogation, the police determined that " intentional vandalism” was committed for racist reasons, the statement said. The suspects were arrested a few days after the vandalism became known, and their detention was extended several times, and then they were not released under house arrest.
< br /> The cemetery is over 170 years old. Among the destroyed tombs was that of Samuel Gobat, the second Protestant bishop in Jerusalem, who died in 1879, in the 19th century, the episcopal diocese said in a statement. .

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