Antisemitic 'Zionists are Nazis' graffiti found in Jerusalem Holocaust Museum

Messages including "Zionists = Nazis," "Zionists are responsible for the Holocaust" and "Cursed Zionists, your end is near" were graffitied at the Chamber of the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

 Antisemitic graffiti tying Zionists to Nazis written at the Chamber of the Holocaust Museum in Mount Zion in Jerusalem, June 8, 2022. (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Antisemitic graffiti tying Zionists to Nazis written at the Chamber of the Holocaust Museum in Mount Zion in Jerusalem, June 8, 2022.
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

Antisemitic graffiti was spotted by Israel Police at the Chamber of the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem's Mount Zion on Wednesday morning. 

The graffiti, written with a metal marker on a trash can, a tombstone, a wall, a water fountain and more, reads "Zionists = Nazis." 

"Zionists are responsible for the Holocaust" was seen written on a tombstone dedicated to the Jewish Holocaust victims at the Bergen-Belsen death camp and others. Some 50,000 people are estimated to have been killed at the camp. 

A photo provided by Israel Police shows a baby-diaper-changing station that, when folded up, has the following words graffitied on it: "Cursed Zionists, your end is near." 

  Antisemitic graffiti tying Zionists to Nazis written at the Chamber of the Holocaust Museum in Mount Zion in Jerusalem, June 8, 2022. (credit: ISRAEL POLICE) Antisemitic graffiti tying Zionists to Nazis written at the Chamber of the Holocaust Museum in Mount Zion in Jerusalem, June 8, 2022. (credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

Israel Police have opened an investigation into the incident, starting with contacting relevant municipal authorities to get the messages erased. 

Antisemitic Holocaust messages being graffitied in public spaces — particularly Holocaust memorials — is not new or uncommon. Just last month, two Holocaust memorials in Ponary, Lithuania, commemorating the mass murder of over 100,000 people, were smeared with antisemitic pro-Russian slurs amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

This is a developing story. 

  Antisemitic graffiti tying Zionists to Nazis written at the Chamber of the Holocaust Museum in Mount Zion in Jerusalem, June 8, 2022. (credit: ISRAEL POLICE) Antisemitic graffiti tying Zionists to Nazis written at the Chamber of the Holocaust Museum in Mount Zion in Jerusalem, June 8, 2022. (credit: ISRAEL POLICE)