Moshe Dayan's Grave Hit by Vandals

Defense Minister and War Hero Accused of 'Failure'

By JTA

Published October 16, 2012.
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The grave of former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan was vandalized on the anniversary of his death.

Moshe Dayan
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Moshe Dayan

Graffiti reading “The minister of failure, on behalf of the fallen” was painted in red on Dayan’s gravestone early Tuesday morning, exactly 31 years since his death.

A memorial service was held at the site in the military section of Nahalal cemetery in northern Israel on Oct. 14.

Dayan served as Israel’s defense minister during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He also served as the Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff from 1953 to 1958.

The Defense Ministry in a statement issued Tuesday “strongly” condemned the attack. The ministry said it sent members of its Unit for the Commemoration of the Soldier to repair the gravestone.


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