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Jerusalem Synagogue Vandalized with Swastikas

Jerusalem synagogue vandalized with swastikas, June 21, 2017 (Photo: Police spokesperson's unit)

A synagogue in Israel's capital was the target of an anti-Semitic hate crime. The Jerusalem Post reports that the Jewish house of worship had swastikas spray-painted on the walls and Torah books burned:

A Jerusalem synagogue situated in the central neighborhood of Nachlaot was the target of a hate crime on Wednesday morning, local police reported.

Police were alerted to the scene, and upon arriving at the synagogue they discovered four swastikas spray-painted on the walls as well as three charred Torah books that the vandals had presumably tried to set ablaze.

Following police searches in the Nachlaot area, the entrances to two residential apartments in the neighborhood were also found to have swastikas graffitied on them.

Evidence was gathered at the scene and police have launched an investigation into the case in order to track down the perpetrators.

Chief Rabbis David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef along with Religious Services Minister David Azoulai described the desecration of the synagogue as unacceptable and called on the security services to do everything to find the culprits.

“It is unthinkable that worshipers come to a synagogue in the heart of the holy city and discover such a terrible sight,” said Lau, and called on other religious leaders to denounce the vandalism...

Tags: Anti-Semitism

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