In the past few weeks, the managers of the tomb of Shimon HaTzaddik noticed that many siddurim printed with the prayer for the State had been defaced. Footage obtained from the security cameras revealed that the person responsible is a yeshiva student affiliated with Neturei Karta, who placed stickers calling for the "end of the Zionist state" over the prayer.
Who removed IDF prayer from siddur?
Managers of Simeon the Just's Tomb find stickers calling for 'end of Zionist state' placed over prayer for Israeli soldiers in holy books
Ari Galahar • Ynet
A yeshiva student is suspected of destroying siddurim (Jewish prayer books) which included a prayer for the State of Israel and IDF soldiers.
The incident took place last week at the Tomb of Simeon the Just in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
In the past few weeks, the site's managers noticed that many siddurim including the prayer for the State had been destroyed. Footage obtained from the security cameras revealed that the person responsible was a yeshiva student affiliated with the extreme Neturei Karta faction, who placed stickers calling for the "end of the Zionist state" over the prayer.
Due to the sensitivity of the issue, the site's managers consulted rabbis on whether to file a complaint with the police against the man, for fear that such a move would be perceived as a declaration of war against some of the haredi groups visiting the place. The rabbis encouraged them to turn to the law enforcement authorities.
Early last week, the site's managers ambushed the suspect, and when he repeated his actions they caught him and called the police.
"It's a despicable act," one of the site's managers said last week.