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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

Rivlin Tells Bnei Akiva, ‘We Must Not Let This Happen Again’

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin expressed deep concern Thursday over an attack on a Bnei Akiva building containing a synagogue in northern Israel after learning about the desecration from an Arutz 7 reporter who called asking for a comment.

Vandals torched a Bnei Akiva synagogue in the northern Israeli city of Nazereth Illit this week, just before the start of the Shavuot holiday that marks the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai.

Siddurim and other holy books were torn apart, burned and desecrated in other ways. Elsewhere in the Bnei Akiva building, Israeli flags were defiled, cabinets were upended, paint was splattered all over the place and flourescent lights were smashed.

Bnei Akiva has long been a source of pride in the community; the religious Zionist movement has maintained a branch in Nazareth Illit for 40 years. Five years ago, a hesder yeshiva for Torah scholars entering army service was added to the program there as well.

According to spokesperson Naomi Toledano, President Reuven Rivlin has expressed his shock over the attack to Bnei Akiva Secretary-General Danny Hirshberg.

Rivlin expressed support for a plan by Bnei Akiva to hold a meeting between the young members of the branch and neighborhood Arabs immediately following the upcoming Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which begins at the close of the Sabbath, on Saturday night.

“Only dialogue will lead to closeness and understanding,” Rivlin said. “We must not let harsh and shocking incidents like this one happen again.”

He praised plans by the branch to hold its traditional all-night Torah study session for the Shavuot holiday despite the attack.

Although it is not yet clear who perpetrated the damage and desecration, there have been numerous incidents of harassment of the Bnei Akiva youths by local Arabs in the past.

Hana Levi Julian

Canadian Leaders Rush to Condemn Anti-Semitic Vandalism in Montreal

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Canadian government leaders are converging to condemn an anti-Semitic attack late Monday night by vandals in a garage beneath an apartment building in a Jewish neighborhood of Montreal.

Five vehicles were marked with giant swastikas in red paint on the hoods, and each was the recipient of a white envelope bearing a matching swastika, containing a bullet and a threatening note.

B’nai Brith Canada called the incident, which occurred on Côte St. Luc Road, “extremely serious” and said it goes beyond simple vandalism.

“You’re not dealing with a bunch of individuals who had a can of spray paint … These guys or girls planned this. They specifically set out with bullets in their pockets, with envelopes, with notes and obviously with spray paint,” said Steven Slimovitch, B’nai Brith Canada’s national legal counsel.

The Quebec government condemned the incident and Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion Minister Kathleen Weil issued a statement saying, “These hateful and racist acts are unacceptable. They do not reflect in any way the values of Quebec society and do not have a place in our society which is inclusive and open to diversity.

“We cannot denounce these only as acts of vandalism,” she continued. “They reflect prejudice and intolerance. I wish to reassure the public that we will not accept that Quebecers be subjected to threats on account of their origin or their religious beliefs.”

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre also denounced the incidence, saying that he was “staggered” to see that “such acts could be committed toward the Jewish community.” Montreal, he said, is a “welcoming city” where all religions “must be able to live together harmoniously.

“Montrealers must denounce any such acts, whatever community is targeted. As for me, I say it loud and strong: Not in my city!”

Hana Levi Julian

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