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Granddaughter of sculptor behind defaced NYC WWI monument calls anti-Israel vandals ‘idiots’: ‘Just don’t understand history’

By Kate Sheehy

The granddaughter of a sculptor whose war monument was defaced by anti-Israel protesters in Central Park says the criminals are “idiots’’ and that her beloved kin “would be very, very sad.

“Good God. Unbelievable. What a time we’re living in,’’ Faith Runner, 76, told The Post on Tuesday when learning of the graffiti and anti-Israel stickers plastered on late grandfather Karl Illava’s historic World War I tribute to American heroes.

“Idiots,’’ said the Massachusetts woman, who lived in New York City in the late 1960s.

“It’s really ironic, too, because these guys, these American boys who gave their lives and blood, were fighting for people’s freedom,’’ Runner said of the US soldiers to whom the statue is dedicated.

“And here you have these hooligans here who just don’t understand history, they probably just don’t understand what they’re doing.

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