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Antisemitic vandals painted "PALESTINE" on the side of a Chabad-Lubavitch mitzvah tank in New York City in October 2022

A Chabad-Lubavitch mitzvah mobile was targeted by pro-Palestinian Authority antisemites in New York City for a second time in just a few months.


Chabad-Lubavitch volunteers found the word “PALESTINE” was painted on to the side of the mitzvah tank in big black letters when they went to start up the mitzvah tank on Friday.

“Our Mitzvah Tank was once again hatefully vandalized. Same location (Manhattan’s busiest traffic corridor),” Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Yehuda Pevzner wrote in a tweet. “NYPD detectives are investigating and we hope that this case is taken very seriously,” he added.

The previous attack took place on October 31, 2022. Police believe the same person was responsible for both attacks.

Rabbi Pevzner, who runs the mitzvah tank, noted that the phenomenon of antisemitism has been “raising its profile lately, even in the modern world.”

But Pevzner vowed to “stand firm in the mission of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and spread Torah and Judaism with our heads held high.”

The mitzvah mobile operates on a daily basis at several intersections in the center of the city, offering tefillin, Shabbat candles, a mezuzah and even a cup of coffee or tea on a cold day.

NYPD police officers called to the scene scoured the area for security camera footage. The NYPD has opened an investigation into the vandalism.

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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.