Rabbi of Western Wall, Rabbi Rabinowitz, observe vandalism .
(photo credit: Courtesy of Western Wall Heritage Fund)
arrested a 30-year-old haredi man in Jerusalem late on Wednesday night
after police on patrol caught the man smashing ceramic tiles in King
David's Tomb near the Zion Gate.
He was caught after police on
patrol heard loud smashing noises coming from the tomb. They burst into
the building and found the man holding an ax, hammer, and a screw
A second man who was at the scene fled when police
arrived. The suspect told police that he came to King David's Tomb to
pray for a "shiduch" or a marriage match.
He said that the
second man told him his prayers would only be answered if he prayed
directly to the stones and not to the ceramic tiles, since the ceramic
covers the stone. The man was remanded on Thursday in the Jerusalem
magistrate court. Police are still searching for the second man.