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June 27, 2013

San Fernando Valley home vandalized with neo-Nazi graffiti

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Photo of the wall of a Tarzana home owned by Iranian-American  Jews that was vandalized on Sunday, June 23. Photo courtesy of Congregation Bais Mordechai

Photo of the wall of a Tarzana home owned by Iranian-American Jews that was vandalized on Sunday, June 23. Photo courtesy of Congregation Bais Mordechai

Last Sunday, a Jewish home in the San Fernando Valley was vandalized with neo-Nazi graffiti, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

“It’s being investigated as a vandalism case,” said LAPD West Valley Detective Jordane.

Currently, the LAPD does not have any suspects, she said.

The painted symbols included a backwards swastika and were drawn onto a wall surrounding the property of the home of a Jewish family that is located directly across the street from Congregation Bais Mordechai, a Tarzana synagogue.

Police believe the incident occurred sometime between 2 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. on Sunday.

The incident has shaken up residents in the neighborhood, including congregants of the synagogue, according to Rabbi Moshe Kamionski, founder of Congregation Bais Mordechai, who said an Iranian Jewish-family that attends his synagogue owns the targeted home.

“This was designed to intimidate and to scare, and to inflict fear on people who want to assemble and pray to the Almighty,” Mordechai said.

The graffiti also included the abbreviation “WP;” which likely means “white power”; the word, “woods,” which can be used as shorthand for the skinhead symbol of the peckerwood and a Celtic cross drawn inside of a circle, which is a “possible anarchist symbol or suggestion of affiliation with local racist skinheads, [but] not necessarily neo-Nazi,” according to the ADL.

The ADL assisted law enforcement with the interpretation of the symbols.

Anyone with information pertaining to the incident can contact LAPD Detective Jordane at (818) 374-7785.

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