The unnamed 40-year-old was arrested after police have been known as to experiences from safety personnel on the cultural establishment in Jerusalem.
In accordance with the Jerusalem Submit, two historical Roman sculptures relationship to the 2nd century CE have been broken.
In a press release despatched to CNN, Israeli police stated: “Yesterday (Thursday) within the late afternoon, Jerusalem District Police acquired a report from safety personnel on the Israel Museum a few customer who deliberately destroyed sculptures of serious monetary worth displayed on the museum, inflicting substantial harm.”
The suspect, an American citizen, was taken in for questioning on the Moriah station within the Israeli capital, police stated.
The police assertion continued: “Throughout the preliminary investigation, it was revealed that the suspect carried out the act as a result of he thought-about these sculptures to be ‘idolatrous’ and opposite to the Torah.”
However the man’s lawyer denied that he had been appearing on fundamentalist spiritual perception, saying as a substitute that he was affected by psychological sickness.
The suspect appeared in courtroom on Friday the place magistrates prolonged his detention till Monday whereas the police investigation continues.
The person’s lawyer, Nick Kaufman, requested that his shopper’s identify not be disclosed. The Justice of the Peace rejected this request however postponed the choice on whether or not to call him till Sunday morning.
In an e mail despatched to CNN, Kaufman stated: “The suspect didn’t act out of iconoclastic fanaticism. His acts previous to the incident and common demeanor recommend that he’s affected by a nicely acknowledged situation referred to as the Jerusalem Syndrome.
“Together with his settlement and that of the police, he was referred for psychiatric analysis with the expectation that he will likely be launched from pre-trial detention on Monday.”
Jerusalem syndrome is a uncommon situation wherein vacationers develop into so overwhelmed by town’s historical past and energy that they dissociate from actuality and imagine themselves to be biblical figures.
The incident comes through the week-long pageant of Sukkot and simply days after Israeli police arrested 5 folks on suspicion of spitting within the neighborhood of Christians or church buildings within the Previous Metropolis of Jerusalem.