Teenage Anti-Israel Vandal Arrested for Defacing War Memorial

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Teenage Anti-Israel Agitator Arrested After Defacing World War I Memorial

In a blatant act of disrespect, a 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged for defacing the 107th United States Infantry monument in New York City’s Central Park.

According to the NYPD, the teenager is accused of spray-painting “Gaza” in red across the base of the structure, a tribute to the brave soldiers who fought in World War I.

Condemnation and Arrest

NYC Deputy Commissioner of Operations Kaz Daughtry denounced the vandalism as “despicable” and “an act of desecration” that undermines the freedoms for which American heroes sacrificed their lives.

The teen was apprehended thanks to good police work assisted by a school safety agent, despite initial reports that his father had turned him in.

Additional Vandalism

During anti-Israel protests near Hunter College and the Met Gala, demonstrators also vandalized the memorial with pro-Palestinian stickers and spray-paint, advocating for the Gaza Strip.

Officials reiterated that the attacked monument differs from others honoring high-ranking military personnel, as it specifically celebrates common soldiers known as “Doughboys.”

  • Monday’s Protest: Protesters placed a Palestinian flag on a statue honoring Union Army Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, which was later removed by an NYPD officer.
  • Ongoing Investigation: NYPD Deputy Commissioner Daughtry provided an image of the suspect caught in the act, encouraging anyone with information to contact the authorities.

Legacy of the Doughboys

The defaced monument pays tribute to the 107th United States Infantry, immortalizing their heroic charge through the Hindenburg Line, the German army’s last line of defense.

The selfless sacrifices made by these soldiers must not be forgotten or diminished by such hateful acts.

Conclusion

The arrest of the teenage agitator serves as a reminder that acts of vandalism and disrespect towards American history and symbols of heroism will not be tolerated.

As New York City Mayor Eric Adams continues to offer rewards for information leading to the identification of those responsible, the community stands united in condemning such despicable behavior.

The legacy of the Doughboys and all who have fought for American freedoms deserves to be honored and preserved, not defaced with hateful graffiti.