Israeli police: slain leader’s memorial defaced



JERUSALEM (AP) — A police spokesman says a man splashed paint over the memorial of slain Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin and sprayed graffiti calling for his killer’s release.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police detained a 27-year-old man in connection with the vandalism, which occurred early Friday in Tel Aviv.

The act may be a response to a deal whereby the Islamist militant group Hamas will swap a captive Israeli soldier for the release of 1,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons.

The man also scrawled “price tag” on the memorial — a slogan used by hardline Jews, usually in attacks against Palestinians.

Rabin was assassinated in 1995.