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Chareidi vandals are blamed for smashing and destroying a model of the world’s Aron HaBris, which was placed in Kikar Tzahal in Jerusalem on the eve of Shavuos. Police who were prevent did not prevent vandalism, but arrested a suspect.
A model of the world’s largest Aron, given as a gift to the residents of Jerusalem, was destroyed on Shavuos morning, at around 3:00AM, by anonymous persons assumed to be chareidim.
Policemen who were present at the scene and part of the time witnessed vandalism and breaking the model of the Aron did not prevent the shameful incident, but arrested a suspect.
The construction and installation of the model of the Ark of the Covenant initiated, produced and contributed to the residents of the city of Jerusalem by businesswoman Grace Gupana, of the Philippines, a staunch lover and supporter of Israel. According to her, the model of the Ark of the Covenant was first exposed in Jerusalem in September 2013 during the Jerusalem March.
Gupana emphasized that she was shocked, painful, and sad about the vandalism and destruction of the model and that the punishment of those who destroyed the model of the Ark of the Covenant would come from God. She stressed that the city of Jerusalem is also the place of worship of the three religions and Israel has undertaken to allow it freedom of worship, but in reality, it does not happen. “I came as a shaliach and fulfilled my mission, but my pain and sorrow are very great today, and the Jewish people, on the day of the giving of the Torah, must respect the believers of all religions.-->
The model that was destroyed was set into position erev Shavuos at Kikar Tzahal and it was intended to benefit the tzibur at large over Shavuos. The model weighed 800kg and was three meters in height, over five meters long and 1.6 meters in depth. It took twelve artists four months to construct the model, costing tens of thousands of dollars.
Gupana, 55, has broken ten Guinness records including the largest Israeli flag ever made. She has an apartment in Jerusalem, which she visits regularly.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)