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  • Harry Hamlin: Nazi or Moron?

    By Ilana Angel

    November 1, 2015 | 9:35 pm

    Actor Harry Hamlin dressed up as Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols for Halloween and people are talking about it because he wore a t-shirt featuring a Nazi swastika. If you Google images of Sid Vicious, one of the first pictures that come up is of him wearing a swastika t-shirt, so...

  • The Confederate Flag, the swastika and the problem of symbols

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 13, 2015 | 9:42 am

    On July 10, 8,000 people from South Carolina took to the streets in front of the Statehouse — some in celebration, some in mourning — to witness the descent and removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Legislature.

    It took 13 hours of deliberation by the...

  • Reward offered in search for U.C. Davis swastika vandals

    February 4, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League has offered a $2,500 reward for assistance in catching whoever spray-painted swastikas at a Jewish fraternity house at the University of California, Davis.

    The reward, which was announced by Davis police on Tuesday and reported by the Sacramento Bee, is...

  • Sears removes swastika ring for sale on website

    October 13, 2014 | 1:12 pm

    The retailing giant Sears removed a swastika ring offered for sale on its website.

    The item was listed under the “men’s punk rock style” jewelry collection.

    “This gothic jewelry item in particular features a Swastika ring that’s made of .925 Thai silver,” the item description...

  • East Carolina U. students accused of spray-painting swastika

    September 4, 2014 | 10:41 am

    Two East Carolina University students were arrested for allegedly spray-painting a swastika on the door of a Jewish student’s apartment.

    The swastika was discovered Wednesday by the Jewish woman in a private complex, The Landing, which caters to college students on several...

  • Car vandalized with swastika at murdered rabbi’s Fla. memorial

    August 12, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    A mourner attending a memorial service in North Miami Beach, Fla., for murdered rabbi Joseph Raksin had his car defaced with anti-Semitic symbols.

    A swastika and Iron Cross were etched Sunday on a BMW owned by the mourner, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. The Miami-Dade...

  • Spate of anti-Jewish, anti-Israel graffiti blankets Rome

    July 29, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Italian police are investigating a widespread spate of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel graffiti in Rome that local media speculate could be the joint work of left-wing and right-wing extremists.

    Dozens of swastikas, slogans and posters were found spray-painted or plastered on walls...

  • Reclaiming the swastika

    July 19, 2013 | 9:34 am

    A swastika banner will fly over New York City and appear in other major cities around the world this Saturday.

    No, the Nazis aren’t invading. This Saturday marks the fourth annual World Swastika Rehabilitation Day, organized by the International Raelian Movement. Founded in 1974,...

  • Anti-Semitic message painted on Boston-area church

    April 23, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    A suburban Boston church was vandalized with an anti-Semitic message while police were hunting for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

    The Victory Assembly of God church in Sharon, Mass., was vandalized on the night of April 19, as police pursued Tsarnaev, 19, and...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 8, 2013 | 12:04 pm

    Stephen Hawking to visit Israel

    The praised British astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking (71), will arrive in Israel this coming June to take part in the 5th Israeli Presidential Conference 'Facing Tomorrow.' The last time the author of A Briefer History of Time visited Israel was in...

  • ADL awards crime fighters

    By Ryan Torok

    March 20, 2013 | 8:38 am

    "Guided by our respective memories and experiences, together we aim to build a society in which all of us can feel at home,” said Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Ayelet Feiman, expressing her thanks for winning the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) 2013 Helene and Joseph Sherwood...

  • Man arrested in connection with Wilshire Boulevard Temple bomb threats

    December 20, 2012 | 9:57 am

    The man arrested in connection with fake bomb threats made against a Los Angeles synagogue was also charged with vandalizing it earlier this month.

    Several bomb threats against the Wilshire Boulevard Temple were called in to the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday morning. One...

  • Southern California temple is vandalized

    November 14, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    A temple in an upscale neighborhood of Long Beach, Calif., was vandalized.

    Two-foot tall swastikas and the words "Nazi" were painted in red spray-paint on the front of the Temple Israel building on Monday night. Temple Israel is the oldest Reform synagogue between Los Angeles and San Diego, the Long Beach Post reported.

    Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt told the newspaper that the incident was being investigated as a hate crime.

    The temple had recently completed a yearlong $4.6 million renovation, according to the newspaper.

  • Indian authorities remove ‘Hitler’ cloithing store sign

    October 31, 2012 | 11:54 am

    Municipal authorities in the Indian state of Gujarat removed the sign for a men's clothing store named Hitler.

    The sign -- on which the letter "i" was dotted with a swastika -- was removed Tuesday after hundreds of complaints from both within and outside of the Jewish community.

  • Northridge mother pleads guilty in syrup swastika vandalism

    By Ryan Torok

    July 19, 2012 | 9:30 am

    A Northridge mother pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for helping her teenage daughter and two friends deface homes with maple syrup swastikas, human feces and toilet paper, according to the L.A. city attorney’s office.

  • Swastika banners startle New Yorkers, others in area

    June 25, 2012 | 10:42 am

    A swastika on the banner of an airplane startled beach-goers in New York and surrounding states.

    The banner included the word swastika and a swastika intertwined with a Star of David, the symbol of the Raelian movement. On Saturday it flew over New York, Long Island and New Jersey,...

  • Did a Nazi Banner Fly Over Venice Beach? [UPDATE]

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 24, 2012 | 3:28 am

    According to witnesses, a small airplane trailed an anti-semitic banner over Venice Beach June 24.

    A cell-phone camera captured a low-resolution image of private plane, trailing an aerial banner depicting a Nazi swastika inside a Star of David.  According to witnesses, the name of...

  • Northridge mother charged in syrup swastika vandalism

    By Ryan Torok

    June 11, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    A Northridge woman has been charged with multiple criminal counts for helping her teenage daughter and two friends deface homes with maple syrup swastikas, human feces and toilet paper. Catharine Whelpley, 43, was charged on June 11 with three counts of contributing to the...

  • Madonna under fire as Israel concert draws heavy media flak [VIDEO]

    June 4, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    France’s far-right National Front is considering a lawsuit against Madonna over a video she used during her concert in Israel on Thursday night. The clip showed party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead.

    While she performed the song “Nobody Knows Me” in Ramat Gan...

  • ‘Fly-in’ activists draw swastika in holding cell

    April 17, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Two activists who arrived in Israel as part of the pro-Palestinian “fly-in” protest drew a large swastika on the wall of their holding cell.

    The activists, who were deported Monday, were from France and Spain.

    The swastika was drawn two days before the country marks Yom Hashoah, or...

  • Jon Lovitz, Crime Fighter!

    By Ilana Angel

    April 11, 2012 | 1:07 am

    Last week three teenage girls admitted they drew swastikas, the word Jew, and put crap on the front walkway of the home of a fellow student. They go to school with the girl who lives in the house and they decided to play a prank on her.  Important to note that the girl who lives in...

  • Girls admit to syrup swastikas, mother could face charge

    By Ryan Torok

    April 10, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    Three teenaged girls admitted on April 4 to defacing a Northridge home with swastikas, but will not face criminal charges, according to investigators with the LAPD’s Devonshire Division. However, the mother of one girl could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine for driving...

  • Girls admit to syrup swastikas, mother investigated

    By Ryan Torok

    April 5, 2012 | 7:11 pm

    Three teenaged girls admitted to defacing a Northridge home with swastikas this week, but will not face criminal charges, according to investigators with the LAPD’s Devonshire Division. However, the mother of one girl could face a criminal charge for driving the girls to the scene....

  • Northridge home defaced with swastikas

    By Ryan Torok

    April 3, 2012 | 11:17 pm

    [UPDATE Apr. 10: Girls admit to syrup swastikas, mother could face charge]

    [UPDATE Apr. 5: Girls admit to syrup swastikas, mother investigated]

    The Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Division is investigating the Tuesday morning vandalism of a Northridge home as a hate...

  • Swastikas marked on three Sherman Oaks homes

    By Ryan Torok

    March 15, 2012 | 4:34 pm

    At 11: 30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, Jennifer Niman pulled out of her driveway on Leghorn Avenue in Sherman Oaks. Talking on her cell phone, the longtime San Fernando Valley resident was heading to her job as a real estate agent at Prudential California Realty.

    “Excuse me,...

  • Opinion: Artists’ ignorant use of the swastika

    March 14, 2012 | 2:26 pm

    I have a pretty open sense of humor, except when it comes to artists utilizing the imagery used to kill more than 6 million of of my Jewish ancestors. Especially since I’ve volunteered with and met many Holocaust survivors who still have numbers tattooed on their arms, from when...

  • Anti-Semitic flags found near Milken campus

    By Ryan Torok

    March 2, 2012 | 4:32 pm

    A Milken Community High School official reported the discovery of anti-Semitic renderings of the Israel flag in front of and near its middle school campus on March 1.

    The two small flags featured a painted swastika in place of the Star of David. One flag was found in front of David...

  • Santa Monica and Brentwood are targets of swastika graffiti

    By Ryan Torok

    October 18, 2011 | 10:11 am

    [UPDATED on October 18, 11:20 p.m.]
    Two swastikas were spray-painted in Brentwood last weekend, including one at 700 Gretna Green Way and one at a sign at a school at 11600 San Vincente Blvd., according to Rabbi Morley Feinstein of University Synagogue, who said he was summarizing a...

  • Calif. Messianic pastor’s home vandalized with swastika

    October 7, 2011 | 1:18 pm

    The home of a Messianic pastor in California was vandalized with a swastika.

    A swastika and the word “Jew” were painted on the Hemet, Calif., home that Pastor Michael Rose shares with his wife and children, The Press-Enterprise newspaper reported.

    Police are investigating the...

  • Joseph’s Tomb vandalized with swastikas

    October 6, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Joseph’s Tomb was vandalized with swastikas and other graffiti.

    Israeli soldiers discovered the damage early Thursday morning, shortly before more than 1,000 Jewish worshipers came to pray at the tomb located near Nablus in the West Bank. The pilgrimage ahead of Yom Kippur was...

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