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‘Six Million More’ graffitied on Greek Jewish Cemetery

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

A Jewish cemetery in Larissa, Greece, was vandalized with hateful Nazi-esque graffiti on Dec. 23, 2014.

The graffiti included a call for “six million more,” and large swastikas.

The Jewish presence in Larissa dates back to the Roman era. According to the site Kosher Greece, there is currently one synagogue and this one Jewish cemetery in Larissa. The cemetery is kept locked, which may explain why the vandalism was restricted to the gate and outer wall of the cemetery.

Larissa is located in central Greece. Achilles, of Greek mythology, was claimed to live in Larissa.

Tufts University Vandalized with Swastikas for Third Time in Two Years

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Swastikas were found spray-painted on a Tufts University building for the third time in nearly two years.

The latest swastikas were found Saturday morning on the back wall of the Lewis Hall dormitory on the Somerville, Mass., campus, Boston.com reported.

In June, swastikas were found on the university’s Granoff Family Hillel Center. In April 2013, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, swastikas and other anti-Semitic hate speech were found on Tufts athletic facilities and buildings in the neighboring town of Medford.

The university released a statement saying that campus and local police were investigating the incident.

“[S]uch deplorable acts, which are counter to the values of the Tufts community, are deeply concerning,” the statement read. “We are taking this incident extremely seriously.”

Nearby Northeastern University experienced a similar incident in November when Swastikas were drawn on fliers posted on campus to publicize a lecture by Eran Shamir-Borer, an Israeli army official.

Hanukkah-Decorated Florida Home Vandalized with Swastika

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

A Jewish man found a swastika drawn on the gate to his home where he had put up decorations for Hanukkah.

David Cohen, 72 and a resident of North Fort Myers, Fla., told police that he found the swastika drawn onto his gate on Monday afternoon.

“I can’t even say how mad it makes me feel,” Cohen told news-press.com. “If it was a kid, I’d say they were very stupid. If it was an adult, they are very ignorant.”

The swastika was about four inches in length.

“I first saw it Monday when I came back from the North Fort Myers Community Center,” Cohen said.

Cohen reported the incident to the sheriff’s office and kept the fence open in order to avoid seeing the swastika and then painted over it.

He also placed a Menorah, dreidel and a Star of David near and around his lawn, which so far has been not vandalized.

 

 

 

 

 

When is a Swastika not a Swastika?

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Walgreens announced Monday that is removing all rolls of wrapping paper from its shelves nationwide after a woman from the Northridge community of Los Angeles complained Sunday about the swastikas in the design.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes, I had no idea what to do,” Cheryl Shapiro, the distressed shopper told L.A.’s NBC News affiliate. “I came home and spoke to my rabbi. He couldn’t believe it.”

Shapiro’s experience brings up a larger issue: How close to a swastika should something look to be considered offensive?

The wrapping paper is only the latest in a series of swastika products spotted on the market in recent years. In October, Sears apologized profusely for selling a ring with a swastika on it in its “men’s punk rock style” jewelry collection. In 2013, a clothing line called “Spiritual Punx” began putting colorful swastikas, which might also be seen as donuts, on clothing, stickers and accessories.

In 2007, Zara was caught selling a handbag that featured four green swastikas next to an array of flowers.

The swastika dates back thousands of years, well before Hitler’s rise to power. Before the late 19th century, the symbol was primarily associated with the cultures of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, in which it represented good luck or well-being. By the start of the 20th century, the swastika could be seen throughout Europe, not just in Germany. Today it is still seen on temples in places like India and Indonesia.

In any modern Western context, the swastika is inextricably associated with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

However, is the geometry of the Walgreens wrapping paper in the same category as the Sears “punk rock” ring? After all, the hooked cross, while iconic, is a simple enough design to accidentally replicate if one is drawing enough lines and right angles.

Presumably, Walgreen’s now will be extra careful in scrutinizing its products to assure they do not offend.

Swastika Graffiti on Temple Mount

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

At least 5 swastikas were painted on the Temple Mount at different locations, an 0404 report uncovered.

Police discovered that Arabs had painted the swastikas on the Jewish holy site.

Over the past few weeks, there’s been an escalation in Muslim desecration of the holy site, as well as rioting and attacks against police and visitors.

Sears and Amazon Remove ‘Swastika Ring’ from Websites

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Sears and Amazon have yanked a “Swastika” ring” from their websites after a wave or angry protests on social media.

Sears apologized, explaining that the ring was a “third-party marketplace item that has since been removed for violating our guidelines.”

Amazon promoted the ring as “gothic jewelry item” that in “features a Swastika ring that’s made of .925 Thai silver.” It added that the ring is “not for Neo Nazi or any Nazi implication” and “these jewelry items are going to make you look beautiful at your next dinner date.”

Is Amazon trying to say that the past is dead, along with 6 million Jews, and that the swastika no longer can be associated with Nazism?

All that was missing was brass knuckles and an SS band in bright red and white.

Zionist Organization of American (ZOA) president Morton Klein wrote to Sears, “We were appalled to learn that swastika rings are available for purchase on the Sears website. Shockingly, these rings – identified as ‘men’s fashion punk rock style jewelry’ – were described on the Sears website as ‘jewelry items.’

“Sears should not have been selling these offensive rings in the first place, nor should it be facilitating their sale now. Doing so legitimizes an anti-Semitic symbol of hate, violence, death and murder, and shamefully tries to turn it into some kind of a fashion statement.

It is nothing of the sort… The swastika was appropriated by the Nazis and was made the official emblem of the Nazi party in Germany. Adolph Hitler said the swastika symbolized the victory of the Aryan man. The swastika is the symbol of the Nazi’s anti-Semitic agenda, which included the deliberate and systematic annihilation of the Jewish people.

Neo-Nazi Vandalism in Sderot

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Israel Police have arrested three teens in connection with anti-Semitic vandalism involving destruction of property in the southern Israeli city of Sderot.

The gang painted green swastikas and slathered dripping red Satanic symbols on cars in the city, where residents have already been traumatized by years of incessant rocket fire from Gaza.

Police officials said in a post on the Twitter social networking site Monday morning the three suspects confessed to their connection with the attacks under questioning during the investigation.

No information was released about the identity of the suspects.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/neo-nazi-vandalism-in-sderot/2014/09/15/

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