Three ultra-Orthodox Jewish men have been arrested in Israel, suspected of defacing the national Holocaust memorial with anti-Zionist graffiti.
One of the slogans daubed in paint on the walls of the memorial read: “If Hitler had not existed, the Zionists would have invented him.”
The suspects have admitted vandalizing the site, a police spokesman said.
Suspicion for the attack had fallen on ultra-Orthodox Jews who oppose the creation of the state of Israel.
One of the slogans, all in Hebrew, was signed “world ultra-Orthodox Jewry”.
Another read: “Thanks Hitler for the wonderful Holocaust you organized for us. Only thanks to you we got a state from the UN.”
A third went: “Honorable government of Poland, stop allowing the Zionists to hold manipulative ‘memorial’ ceremonies in Auschwitz.”
Some ultra-Orthodox Jews believe a Jewish state can be established only after the coming of the Messiah, and that the state of Israel is therefore illegitimate.
Some also believe that Israel’s founders conspired with Hitler to bring about the Jewish state.
The three suspects are to appear before a Jerusalem court later on Tuesday.