Unknown vandals desecrated two memorial monuments in the Jordan Valley, Army Radio reported Thursday, just a week before Memorial Day.
Near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Petza'el, pro-Palestinian activists spray-painted across a stone wall bearing the names of hundreds of soldiers that were killed since 1967 in the Jordan Valley, writing in large black Hebrew letters "the fallen were killed for their treason." The vandals also sprayed Palestinian flags and wrote "end the Occupation" on other stone structures at the desert memorial, which is north of Jericho.
Witnesses discovered similar graffiti on a monument for Selait Gutman, who was murdered in a shooting attack near the Mehula settlement in 2001.
"What we're talking about here is nothing less than a terrorist attack," said David Elhayenu, the head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council, blaming the vandalism on "left-wing activists."