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Republican HQ in Orange County, North Carolina Firebombed, With Threat on Adjacent Wall

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

GOP electoral campaign headquarters was firebombed overnight Sunday (Oct. 16) in Orange County, North Carolina, setting afire not only furniture but also bipartisan relations in the state.

Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, called the incident “a horrific, horrific act of political terrorism,” in an interview with ABC News.

North Carolina is one of the swing states in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, and the race between GOP candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is getting tighter by the minute.

Both candidates condemned the attack.

In addition to the Molotov cocktail that torched the headquarters, local authorities said in their statement, posted on the website of the town of Hillsborough, that the vandals had also left a message for the campaign workers.

Spray-painted on an adjacent building was a swastika, and the threat, “Nazi Republicans leave town or else.”

The building sustained heavy smoke damage and “some fire damage,” according to the most recent statement from local officials. “The flammable substance appears to have ignited inside the building, burned some furniture and damaged the building’s interior before going out on its own. No damage estimates are available at this time,” the statement said.

The Hillsborough Police Department said in a tweet that evidence was still being processed, but that local police was receiving help from ATF, FBI, SBI and the OCNC Sheriff.

“We’re so grateful that no one was hurt and that no buildings in the [nearby] complex were destroyed,” Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said. “I have every confidence in the joint effort of our law enforcement agencies to find and prosecute the perpetrator of this reprehensible act.”

A tip line phone number “routed directly to voice mail” that “does not record callers’ phone numbers” was listed on the town’s website.

Hana Levi Julian

Swastikas, Anti-Semitic Graffiti on Ukraine Synagogue

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The front doorway of a synagogue in Kolomia in western Ukraine was sprayed with a swastika and anti-Semitic slogans Thursday night, an official of the local Jewish community has told TPS. The official, Jacob Zlishiker, said the identity of the perpetrator is not known, and added that these things are routine in this city, and police are treating them very seriously.

The local Jewish cemetery also sustained some damage overnight.

The Kolomyia Synagogue graffiti / Photo credit: TPS

The Kolomyia Synagogue graffiti / Photo credit: TPS

Kolomia, which used to be the most developed city in the region before the war, boasted a large Jewish community, with about 19,000 Jews out of a general population of 43,000. The Jewish community was “culturally vibrant and complex,” influencing the Jewish culture of Galicia, according to the website Jewish Galicia & Bukovina. Before the war there were some 50 synagogues in Kolomia, among them the magnificent Hoiche Shul, a Yerushalmi synagogue, several Hassidic kloizes and even a Zionist synagogue.

In 1941, all of the Jews of Kolomia and its environs were concentrated in a ghetto that was divided into three separate sections. In 1942, these sections were burned and the entire population of the ghetto was annihilated: some were murdered in the city streets, others were taken to the Belzec extermination camp, and the rest were shot in the forest outside the village of Sheparivtsy, near the city.

A few dozen Jews returned to Kolomia after its liberation by the Soviet army and they continue to maintain a small community around the synagogue.

David Israel

Brown University Probes ‘Violent, Threatening’ Anti-Semitic, Homophobic Graffiti

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Brown University is investigating hostile graffiti found in the Marcy House fraternity complex on Friday.

The graffiti targeted the Jewish Beta Rho Pi fraternity and the co-ed LGBTQ Zeta Delta Xi fraternity, both living in the building.

The graffiti was described by students as “violent” and “threatening,” according to Campus Reform.

Administrators offered counseling for affected students, according to the Campus Reform website.

“Students say they are not surprised by the incident, given the history of anti-Semitism at Brown,” according to the site.

A transgender advocate and writer scheduled to speak on Monday had been canceled last Wednesday. The co-sponsor of the event, Brown RISD Hillel, was targeted by an online petition that accused the group of defending “Israeli state policies of occupation and racial apartheid.”

President Christina Paxson told the Brown community in an email Friday that campus police would investigate the incident after the graffiti was found scrawled across the walls.

“While the graffiti has been removed, the impact of identity-based bias and threat is not easily wiped away … This incident impacts not only those immediately involved, but threatens our shared sense of safety and respect on campus,” officials noted in the email.

Nevertheless, when JewishPress.com checked the university’s Crime Alerts page, it carried no alert or mention of the vandalism on its list of incidents. Apparently the only crimes serious enough to rate a mention are those that involve shootings, robberies, rapes and use of date rape drugs. The most recent incident to make the list was dated December 2015.

“Anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiment has been allowed to fester on our campus for years now. I’m disturbed, disgusted and disappointed that Brown community members would do this, but am, sadly, not surprised,” BU student Laura Galvan told Campus Reform.

Hana Levi Julian

‘Hitler Rules’ Graffiti at University of Missouri

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

University of Missouri officials expressed anger Tuesday at a flyer that proclaimed “Hitler rules” found in Gateway Hall this week.

It’s the second time this school year an anti-Semitic message was found in the building, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Last October, someone drew a swastika on a restroom wall using feces. The incident ignited racial tensions on campus during protests that led to the resignation of UM System President Tim Wolfe.

In April 2015, student Bradley Becker pleaded guilty to property damage and was sentenced to probation after being charged with a hate crime for two incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti in the Mark Twain dormitory building.

Interim Chancellor Hank Foley and Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Chuck Henderson said in a statement, “Our core values – including that of Respect – must become more than words on paper or a banner.”

Missouri University Police Department Major Brian Weimer told the Tribune that he did not know when the graffiti was found or reported, but his department was investigating the incident together with the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX.

Hana Levi Julian

Arabic Writing Found Inside 4 EasyJet Fuel Panels

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Arabic writing was found written on the inside of fuel panels of 4 separate EasyJet planes in France, as well as inside the bathroom of one of the planes, according to a report in the UK Telegraph.

Lisa King, an easyJet cabin safety manager sent out an email:

“EasyJet assessed this issue, each time working in full consultation with the authorities, and is entirely satisfied it is nothing more than graffiti. EasyJet takes very seriously any security related issue and would not operate a flight unless we are entirely satisfied it is completely safe to do so. EasyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in full compliance with all regulations. The safety and security of its passengers and crews is always easyJet’s highest priority.”

An investigation is underway to determine who wrote the graffiti and how they had access to the fuel panels on 4 airplanes.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Memorial for Terror Victim Danny Gonen Defaced by Arab Graffiti

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Only three weeks after a memorial site for 25-year-old terror victim Danny Gonen was unveiled at the site of his murder, bloody-red painted Arabic words were sprayed all over the shining plaque and dawn-colored stone memorial, Channel 10 reported Sunday (Sept. 10).

The name “Fatah” – the ruling faction of the Palestinian Authority – both led by long-time chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who also leads the Palestine Liberation Organization, is scrawled in big dripping Arabic letters.

Fierce horizontal red lines cross out the black Hebrew engraving on the silver plaque that honors Gonen. Police have opened an investigation into the vandalism that defaced the memorial that stands to remind those passing by that although the spot seems tranquil and serene, Palestinian Arab terrorists have ensured it is not always so.

Danny Gonen was shot to death there on June 19 while returning from a hike with his friend Netanel Hadad, with whom he had just finished swimming in the Ein Buvin spring. The beautiful body of water is located in a mountainous area between the Jewish community of Dolev and the Palestinian Arab village of Dair Ibzi.

Driving back toward the main road, Gonen and Hadad were flagged down by an Arab who seemed to be asking for help. When the two stopped their car, the man asked, “Is there water in the spring?” – and then shot them at point-blank range.

Gonen was shot in the upper body and was transferred, unconscious and critically wounded, to Tel Hashomer Medical Center by IDF helicopter where he was pronounced dead. His friend was moderately wounded.

An electrical engineering student at Bar-Ilan University, Gonen was the eldest of five siblings who grew up in Lod and attended the hesder yeshiva in Ma’aleh Adumim. After his father’s death several years ago, he took on responsibility for his younger siblings, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained in a statement. His sister Rotem said that Danny, as the eldest, was a father figure to his younger siblings after their father had passed away.

A Hamas-linked group called the “Marwan Qawasme and Amer Abu Aisha Squad,” named for the two terrorists who savagely murdered three Israeli yeshiva teens last summer, claimed responsibility for the attack.

One of the terrorists – Mohammed Abu Shahin, a Fatah member from Qalandiya, confessed to murdering Gonen. Four other terrorists from the village were also arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting Abu Shahin in the murder, as well as participating in other attacks.

May Danny Gonen be avenged.

Hana Levi Julian

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Strikes Second San Antonio Congregation

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Anti-Semitic graffiti has been found on the property of a second Jewish congregation in San Antonio.

Around 10 am Monday morning, a maintenance worker found two grills missing and the words “Jew Jew” spray-painted on to a tool shed around the back of the property of Congregation Agudas Achim.

The synagogue is located less than three miles away from Congregation Rodfei Sholom, located near Northwest Military Drive and Huebner Road. A driver’s side window was smashed on the car of a worshiper at the synagogue, and swastikas, “KKK” and vicious racial slurs were spray-painted on dozens of homes, cars, walls and other surfaces in the area around the synagogue.

Rabbi Arye Scheinberg told reporters, “Our citizens feel alert, but safe. They feel they are surrounded by love of this community.” Security in the area has been beefed up, he added, but did not go into details. Last week the FBI said they had identified “a person of interest” in connection with the attacks but no arrests have been made. On Monday, police said they are pursuing multiple suspects.

“I was already disgusted by what happened at Rodfei Sholom last week,” Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham told MySanAntonio.com . “This hits a little closer to home because it’s at my synagogue. I am just saddened that people would stoop to this level to try to break our community.”

Congregation Agudas Achim was founded in 1889 and serves some 550 families on the north side of San Antonio. It is the second-largest synagogue in the city, after Temple Beth El.

In a statement issued Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the vandalism an “offensive and disturbing attack on people of all faiths. Religious discrimination has no place in the State of Texas and I have faith that law enforcement spearheading this investigation will redouble their efforts to swiftly bring those responsible to justice.”

Hana Levi Julian

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