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The window of synagogue in Basel, Switzerland was smashed by a hammer this past Sabbath, according to a report posted on the BZ Basel news website.

The damage to the synagogue, led by Chabad Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Zalmen Wishedski, was discovered early Saturday morning on the Ahronstrasse prior to the start of Sabbath morning services.

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But it won’t prevent the congregation from celebrating Hanukkah, the rabbi said in a statement — despite his deep concern over the incident: “What will happen next?” he wrote in a response to BZ Basel. “I’ve been living in Basel for 16 years. It’s the first time I’m worried about myself and my family.”

Meanwhile, the holiday celebration will take place this week as it has for the past 15 years, the rabbi said.

“We will still be holding the Hanukkah celebration in the market square. The attackers want to intimidate us, but they won’t succeed… Anyone who celebrates with us in the marketplace on Tuesday shows solidarity with the Jewish community and helps us to feel secure.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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