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  • Vandalism at 3 New England synagogues aims to intimidate community, ADL regional leader says

    May 31, 2016 | 11:25 am

    Recent vandalism targeting three New England synagogues is aimed at intimidating the Jewish community, the director of the New England office of the Anti-Defamation League said.

    Robert Trestan said the attacks at two synagogues in the Boston area and one in Pawtucket, Rhode...

  • Swastikas drawn in University of Missouri dorm

    April 14, 2015 | 3:17 pm

    Swastikas and anti-Semitic epithets were written in a stairwell of a dormitory at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

    The two incidents occurred on the morning of April 9 and the evening of April 10. No suspects have been identified.

    The writing was done in ash, such as...

  • Jewish cemetery in northern Hungary vandalized

    March 23, 2015 | 11:38 am

    Gravestones were vandalized in a Jewish cemetery in northern Hungary.

    Up to 20 gravestones, including two crypts, were vandalized over the weekend in Gyongyos, the MTI-Hungarian News Agency Corp. reported Sunday, citing Peter Weisz, the leader of the local Jewish community....

  • Large Jewish cemetery in Warsaw is vandalized

    February 2, 2015 | 11:19 am

    The fence of a Jewish cemetery in Warsaw considered to be one of the largest in Europe was defaced.

    The attack on the Okopowa Street cemetery took place on Saturday; the vandalism was discovered the next day. Burials are still held in part of the cemetery.

    “Jews for slaughter”...

  • 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...

  • Synagogue, cars in North Miami vandalized with ‘Hamas’

    July 28, 2014 | 10:21 am

    A synagogue in North Miami Beach was vandalized with spray painted swastikas and the word “Hamas.”

    The attack on Congregation Torah V’Emunah reportedly came early Monday morning, according to local reports.

    The epithets were discovered slightly more than a day after cars owned...

  • Belfast synagogue vandalized on back-to-back days

    July 21, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    A window was smashed on successive days at a synagogue in Belfast, Ireland.

    The vandalism at the Belfast Hebrew Congregation took place on Friday night and the following day, the BBC reported. In the latter incident, the replacement window was shattered.

    Police are treating the...

  • Jerusalem-area monastery damaged in ‘price tag’ attack

    August 21, 2013 | 9:30 am

    A monastery near Jerusalem was vandalized in an attack that police believe is the work of right-wing extremists.

    A firebomb thrown at the Beit Gemal Monastery caused minor damage, according to police. The words “price tag” also were spray-painted on the wall of the monastery.

  • Philanthropist donates $250,000 to Mount Zion cemetery repair

    May 31, 2013 | 3:18 pm

    Shlomo Rechnitz, a Los Angeles businessman and philanthropist, has donated $250,000 to restore the badly vandalized Mount Zion Cemetery in East Los Angeles. In addition, two other donors, real estate developer Izek Shomof and businessman Adi McAbian, each donated $25,000, and...

  • Stars of David ripped from Jewish tombstones in Milan

    April 15, 2013 | 9:53 am

    More than a dozen tombstones at the Jewish section of Milan's main cemetery were vandalized.

    Vandals over the weekend tore off Stars of David decorating some 13 tombstones. Police in the northern Italian city are investigating.

    The Milan Jewish community spokesman said it was...

  • G-d is pissed! A Shameful Way to Treat Our Dead!

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    April 10, 2013 | 6:25 pm

    Jewish tradition gives us specific instructions to have respect for the dead to watch over and clean their bodies, to sit shiva, say Kaddish and to remember the departed. In Los Angeles however, our rabbis and community leaders obviously missed that lesson in the Talmud because...

  • New Zealand Jewish grave vandal avoids prison

    February 28, 2013 | 6:28 am

    A New Zealand man who admitted to desecrating Jewish graves with anti-Semitic graffiti at a historic cemetery in Auckland avoided prison.

    Robert Moulden, 19, was sentenced by Judge Russell Collins in Auckland District Court Wednesday to 320 hours of community service work. He was...

  • Long Beach synagogue vandalized

    By Ryan Torok

    January 23, 2013 | 4:24 pm

    Long Beach police are searching for a male suspect who threw a brick at the window of Temple Israel of Long Beach on Jan. 7. This was the second incident of vandalism at the Reform congregation, located at 269 Loma Ave., since the building reopened in October following a major...

  • Security guard arrested for vandalizing Memphis yeshiva’s Torahs at hotel

    January 14, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    A Memphis yeshiva’s Shabbat retreat was disrupted when a hotel security guard was arrested for vandalizing Torah scrolls and other property belonging to the school.

    Justin Shawn Baker, 24, an Iraqi War veteran living in Jackson, Tenn., was arrested and charged with vandalism...

  • Two Jewish cemeteries, municipal building vandalized in France

    November 26, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    French police reportedly are investigating fresh acts of vandalism in two Jewish cemeteries and a municipal building.

    On Monday in Paris, police arrested two men suspected of digging up two corpses at the Pantin cemetery, according to a statement from the municipality. They were...

  • Moshe Dayan’s gravesite vandalized on yahrtzheit

    October 16, 2012 | 9:18 am

    The grave of Moshe Dayan was vandalized on the anniversary of the former Israeli defense minister's death.

    Graffiti reading "The minister of failure, on behalf of the fallen" was painted in red on Dayan's gravestone early Tuesday morning, 31 years since the date of his death.


  • 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.

  • Arrests made in Israeli Holocaust memorial vandalism

    June 26, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    Israeli police said on Tuesday they had arrested three ultra-Orthodox Jews on suspicion of having spray-painted anti-Zionist slogans at the national Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial two weeks ago.

    The men, aged 18, 26 and 27, belong to an ultra-Orthodox group opposed to Israel’s...

  • Synagogue vandalized with Arabic sayings

    June 25, 2012 | 10:13 am

    A synagogue in central Israel was defaced with Arabic graffiti.

    The vandalism was discovered June 22 on a synagogue in central Israel’s Moshav Maor.

    The graffiti was from an Islamic prayer and read “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet.”

    It came days after a West Bank mosque near Ramallah was torched and graffiti protesting the upcoming evacuation of several apartment buildings in the Ulpana neighborhood of the West Bank settlement of Beit El was painted on its walls in what is being considered a price tag attack.

  • Hungarian police investigating desecration of Holocaust monument

    June 12, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    A Holocaust memorial monument in the southwest of Hungary was desecrated.

    The perpetrators broke off several parts of the bronze monument, which stands 3 1/2 feet high and is the shape of a large menorah. Hungarian police said they were investigating the incident.

    The Federation 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...

  • Palestinian cars vandalized in price tag attack

    June 11, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Seven cars were vandalized in a Palestinian neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem in what is being called a price tag attack.

    The tires of the cars were slashed and the word “Ulpana” was spray-painted on one of them. The graffiti refers to the Ulpana neighborhood on the outskirts of the...

  • Awkward: ‘Kony 2012’ filmmaker arrested for public masturbation, vandalism

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 16, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    Well, this is awkward: The L.A. Times is reporting that filmmaker Jason Russell, whose Youtube video “Kony 2012” about Ugandan war lord Joseph Kony went viral last week, garnering 80 million views and spawning a social justice movement, was reportedly found “masturbating in public...

  • Israeli flag vandalized at California university

    March 8, 2012 | 10:29 am

    An Israeli flag belonging to a Jewish student group was defaced with the word “terrorists” at the University of California, Riverside.

    The word was scrawled in pencil near the center of the flag, which was displayed on a hallway bulletin board outside the campus Hillel office,...

  • Rabbi Michael Lerner’s home vandalized again

    December 21, 2011 | 10:51 am

    The northern California home of Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of the progressive Tikkun magazine, was vandalized for the fourth time in the last year.

    In an e-mail sent to Tikkun supporters, Lerner said that on Tuesday evening, two black-hooded men pasted signs on the outside of his...

  • Suspect in N.J. anti-Semitic vandalism reportedly is Jewish

    December 8, 2011 | 10:26 am

    A New Brunswick, N.J., man who was charged in the vandalism of several Jewish-owned shops in nearby Highland Park reportedly is Jewish.

    Richard M. Green, 52, was charged with numerous counts of bias intimidation and criminal mischief for allegedly smashing the windows of five...

  • Israel arrests troops for anti-Palestinian vandalism

    December 6, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    Three Israeli soldiers were arrested on Tuesday for suspected involvement in pro-settler vandalism and arson, the military said, following a series of attacks in the West Bank that have exacerbated tensions with Palestinians.

    Mosques have been torched, graffiti daubed, and...

  • Kosovo Jewish cemetery desecrated

    December 1, 2011 | 4:18 pm

    Kosovo authorities are investigating the desecration Tuesday of a local Jewish cemetery. Swastikas and anti-Jewish slogans were sprayed on tombstones of this old cemetery which was restored less than six months ago.

    Rabbi Yoel Kaplan, Chief Rabbi of Albania and Chabad...

  • Man arrested in vandalism of Jewish-owned shops in N.J.

    December 1, 2011 | 10:29 am

    A New Brunswick, N.J., man has been charged in the vandalism of several Jewish-owned shops in nearby Highland Park.

    Richard M. Green has been charged with five counts of criminal mischief in the smashing the windows of five Jewish-owned businesses. Green, 52, was arrested on...

  • Peace Now activist’s home vandalized again

    November 8, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Threatening graffiti was spray painted on the home of a Peace Now activist, one day after the group’s offices were evacuated due to a bomb threat.

    Monday night’s attack is the second time in recent weeks that the home of Hagit Ofran, the director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch...

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