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July 23, 2016 / 17 Tammuz, 5776

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Rhode Island Residents Riled About Anti-Semitic Attack on Local Synagogue

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Police in Pawtucket, Rhode Island continue to investigate a hate crime after a big red Nazi swastika was found spray-painted on the welcome sign of Congregation Ohawe Sholam.

Worshipers found the swastika on Sunday. It was painted on the sign for the Kollel Center for Jewish Studies outside their Orthodox synagogue.

A news conference was held Monday morning by city and religious leaders, who condemned the vandalism.

“It can’t be tolerated, it shouldn’t be tolerated, and it won’t be tolerated,” said Rabbi Raphie Schochet. “This symbol that’s been blotted out over here is a symbol of bigots and bullies.”

Officials immediately condemned the crime.

“The police department will go through any neighborhood video, hopefully we can catch anyone coming from or leaving the scene,” said Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King. “We’re asking neighbors, we’ll check Facebook, but what we really need is the help of the public. If you thought you saw something that looked a little bit off – please notify us.”

“The vandalism that has occurred at Congregation Ohawe Sholam in Pawtucket is demonic and depressing,” said Bishop Thomas Tobin, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.

“I’m angry and disgusted,” said U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) . “This despicable act of vandalism has only one purpose – to intimidate members of our community and it won’t succeed.”

Congregation Ohawe Sholam president David Pliskin told local WPRI-TV in an interview that Holocaust survivors among the congregants found the graffiti to be a painful reminder of the past. “This is the kind of thing that makes your whole body roil inside if you’re a Jew,” he said. But for those who survived the death camps, “It’s like someone trying to stab you in the heart again.”

Ohawe Sholam is the only synagogue in Pawtucket.

Pliskin rejected claims the graffiti might have been a childish prank. “This person clearly had some knowledge,” he told WPRI. “A lot of people draw the swastika with a cross, but this person has actually done it the way it was done on the Nazi flag, with an ‘X’.” He called it a hate crime.”

Nor has it been the first.

Last October, flyers were distributed just a few blocks from the synagogue with an illustration of a hooded man bearing a rifle, captioned, “Revolution is the only solution to Jewish pollution.”

But Pliskin also said the community has been incredibly supportive. One person gave a blanket to cover the sign. Another offered money to repair it.

‘The immediate result has been an outpouring of compassion and many acts of kindness from the entire community,” Pliskin said. ‘We should be thankful there are so many good and wonderful people around us.”

The city’s Department of Public Works has taken the sign off-site and is in the process of restoring it, according to WPRI.

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Teen Arrested for Church Vandalism

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

A Jerusalem teenager has been arrested in connection with the vandalism of the Dormition Abbey in the Old City of the capital.

A 16-year-old Jewish boy was scheduled to appear before a judge in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Wednesday to face accusations relating to the case.

The Dormition Abbey is located next to the site known to Jews as the Tomb of the Biblical King David, author of the Book of Psalms. It is known to Christians as the Cenacle, and the room of the Last Supper, and is outside Zion Gate.

Hana Levi Julian

Public Menorah Helps Dispel Darkness of Anti-Semitic Attack at New Jersey’s Rowan University Campus

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

The festival of light has dispelled the darkness caused by an anti-Semitic attack by vandals at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey last week. Chabad of Rowan University teamed up with the school’s Hillel group to light a public menorah on the university campus, distributing colorful flyers inviting students to “Light the Night!”

Multiple swastikas and other anti-Semitic markings were carved into several doors in a residence hall on the Rowan University campus on Dec. 3, university officials said, adding that the vandalism seemed “random” because none of the students living in the hall were Jewish.

Located in the southern New Jersey town of Glassboro, 18 miles southeast of Philadelphia, the university had a Jewish student population of approximately 800 in 2013, out of a total of some 13,000 at the time. Those numbers have risen with each year that followed.

“I was horrified to learn about [it],” said Rabbi Hersh Loschak, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and co-director of the Rohr Family Jewish Student Center at Chabad of Rowan University.

“I believe that it is particularly significant that this incident took place during the Chanukah season,” Loschak said. “We commemorate Chanukah by lighting an additional candle each night of the eight day holiday, increasing in light and thereby minimizing the darkness.

“We refuse to be intimidated or frightened,” he continued, “in fact, we will use this incident as a motivation to increase the light and expand our programing for Jewish students on campus,” he said.

 

Hana Levi Julian

Grave Burning

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

As reported earlier, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s grandfather’s grave on the Mount of Olives was desecrated overnight by Arab vandals who destroyed and burned numerous graves. The Mount of Olives is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the world.

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Netanyahu’s Grandfather’s Tombstone Smashed in Mount of Olives Arab Desecration

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Arab vandals have again desecrated graves in the ancient cemetery at the Mount of Olives, smashing and burning tombstones, bushes and trees.

This time among the targets  they included the gravestone on the Pharisees plot in which Nathan Mileikowsky, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s grandfather, lies at rest.

At least ten tomb stones were smashed in the cemetery, which dates back thousands of years. The vandals also set fire to the trees and bushes around the 120-dunam site, known to be final resting place of numerous ancient Talmudic Sages.

Firefighters were called to the scene when the flames were spotted at around 11:30 pm.

Israel Police have claimed it is impossible to completely protect the ancient cemetery from Arab hatred due to its sprawling size. Nevertheless, the number of city police and Border Guard Police units have been increased in an attempt to secure the area, which regularly comes under attack by Arab terrorists.

Police reportedly plan to install 160 security cameras around the area over the next four years as well, according to Jerusalem District Police deputy commander Brig.-Gen. Avshalom Peled who was quoted by the Hebrew-language Ynet site. The commander was forced to respond to criticism from the Knesset Interior Committee last month when lawmakers asked why attacks were not being dealt with after police were given funding and tools to address the issue.

Grieving visitors to the cemetery have been pelted for years by rocks, bottles, firebombs and sometimes even ignited fireworks while on their way to pay their respects to loved ones. JewishPress.com made several attempts to reach the Israel Police spokesperson, who could not be reached for comment.

Hana Levi Julian

Neo-Nazis Vandalize Borough Park Talmud Torah

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

In the wee hours of Monday morning, one or several neo-Nazi vandals broke into a children’s yeshiva in the Brooklyn Jewish neighborhood of Borough Park.

The vandals spray-painted vicious obscenities and swastikas in various glaring colors on the walls and floors of hallways and numerous classrooms in the school.

They also spray-painted a bright blue swastika with the word “NAZI” above it in big bold letters on several hallway walls.

The incident took place at the Talmud Torah of Rachmastrivka on 38th Street between 13th and 14th Avenue. Rachmastrivka is a Chassidic dynasty named after the town of Rachmistrivka, Ukraine. It is an offshoot of the Chernobyl dynasty dating back to the 19th century.

Police and members of the Shomrim neighborhood civil patrol recorded the damage and collected evidence, then launched an investigation into the attack.

At present, much of the population in the neighborhood is on vacation and has gone “to the mountains” – meaning, they have traveled north to bungalow colonies and summer camps in New York State’s Catskill Mountains. For the children of those who have not, however, the school runs a day camp in the lower floors of the building.

Following the vandalism, New York City police have placed a mobile unit at the site to prevent further incidents.

Hana Levi Julian

Swastika on the F Train

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Service on New York’s subway line running from Queens through lower Manhattan and on to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn was disrupted Tuesday morning by an anti-Semite with a sharp instrument and an attitude problem.

The unidentified vandal scratched a swastika on to the F train, according to an MTA source.

A train dispatcher noticed the Nazi symbol on the front of the lead car of the northbound train while it was standing at the 179th Street station in Queens at about 8:10 am ET.

The train was taken out of service – annoying a lot of commuters – and sent to a train yard in Jamaica, Queens for further examination.

The New York City Police Department’s vandal squad has launched an investigation into the incident.

Hana Levi Julian

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