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Moshe Dayan’s gravesite vandalized on yahrtzheit

JTA

October 16, 2012 | 9:18 am

The grave of Moshe Dayan was vandalized on the anniversary of the former Israeli defense minister's death.

Graffiti reading "The minister of failure, on behalf of the fallen" was painted in red on Dayan's gravestone early Tuesday morning, 31 years since the date of his death.

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

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.

Dayan served as defense minister during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He also served as chief of staff for the Israel Defense Forces from 1953 to 1958.

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