Criminal investigators closed the shul and are collecting evidence.
Shmuel Marciano, a member of the Yerushalayim city council who davens at the shul, said: “I never saw such a shocking thing… They cut the aron kodesh with a grinder saw and threw the Sifrei Torah on the floor.
Yerushalayim Mayor Moshe Leon remarked, “This morning we got to know a shocking case of desecration of a shul and the destruction of Sifrei Torah in Kiryat Yovel. A grave event reminiscent of dark periods of the Jewish people, such crimes can not happen today — I’ve been talking to the Yerushalayim Police Department right now and I’m sure the Israeli police will soon put their hands on the criminals.”
President Rubi Rivlin remarked, “Hard and painful pictures this morning from the Kiryat Yovel shul. I am certain that the Israel Police will find ones in charge, and bring them to justice soon to ensure that such sights do not repeat”
Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said, “I am shocked by the desecration of the shul in Kiryat Yovel. The police must immediately find those responsible and bring them to justice.”