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.
A Conservative synagogue in Hackensack, N.J. was defaced by anti-Semitic vandals.
Spray-painted swastikas and a death threat written in German were found at an Italian restaurant in Orangeburg, N.Y. The manager of Cassie's Restaurant told police that he found the symbols inside and outside the business when he opened Monday afternoon. Between $2,000 and $3,000 was missing.
Unknown vandals painted red swastikas on two Seattle-area synagogues.
It is hard to recall such despairing times.
A young Tel Aviv man spat three times on Yitzhak Rabin's memorial -- the same number as the bullets that felled him -- in front of a Channel 2 news crew a few days before the anniversary of his murder. Glaring swastikas were found splashed across the site on the morning of the yahrzeit (anniversary of his death). Both of these events bring to the surface some of the toxic undercurrents running through this country.
It is hard to believe, eight years later, that this national day of grief becomes an opportunity for some to demonstrate their despicable, baseless hatred. But maybe that is the point, as suggested by many since that terrible night, and in retrospect, we will remember it as the beginning of the destruction of the Third Temple. But just when you think we have sunk as low as we can go, more than 100,000 people turn out to honor Rabin in a memorial rally in the huge square that bears his name and to voice a collective "yes" for peace that hasn't been heard here in the last three years or more.