For the second time in two weeks, vandals destroyed antique ceramic tiles at
King David’s tomb next to the Old City’s Zion Gate in Jerusalem overnight
Israel Antiquities Authority Yoli Schwartz said the vandals destroyed
ceramic tiles in the interior of the tomb’s main room, most likely from the 17th
The building is holy for Christians, Muslims, and Jews, and in addition
to holding King David’s Tomb, some Christians believe the building was the site
of Jesus’ Last Supper.
On December 20, a policeman on patrol caught a haredi man
using an ax to smash through the tiles, after he told police that his prayers
would only be answered if he prayed directly to the stones of the building.
IAA demanded police make more frequent patrols in the area. Police opened an
investigation into the incident.