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Another US synagogue hit by anti-Semitic graffiti

The day after AntiSemitismWatch reported the anti-Semitic attack on the Congregation Ohawe Shalom synagogue in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, another US synagogue has been hit by anti-Semitic graffiti.

The only synagogue, Temple B’nai Abrahamin, in Beverly, a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, had the words “Merry Christmas” and a dollar sign spray-painted in green on the walls.

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Rabbi Alison Adler and temple president Alan Pierce met with Mayor Mike Cahill on Monday afternoon to discuss the incident. Adler said the temple will host a “community conversation,” moderated by the Anti-Defamation League, on June 2.

“We want to have a conversation and see what people’s thoughts and reactions and fears and concerns are in our community,” Adler said. “It points to something deeper and other trends that we see happening in the country and around the world.”

Temple officials posted a photo of the graffiti on the Temple B’nai Abraham website along with a response by Adler and Pierce.

“As far as hate crimes go, this ranks up there with ‘stupid’ rather than vile,” the response said. “But it hits home.”

Temple leadership decided to paint over the offensive graffiti, “but we are not painting over reactions or concerns,” they said.

“As stupid as the vandalism was, it is inspiring an opportunity for our TBA community to have a larger and deeper conversation,” the message said.

Pierce said the last time an incident like this took place at the temple was about 20 years ago.

“We’re going to use this as an opportunity to address this issue as well as the wider issue of intolerance,” he said.

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US synagogue daubed with swastika

Rhode Island, USA – Pawtucket police are investigating after a swastika was spray painted on the sign of a local synagogue.

CjEd2I8UYAEyAidThe vandalism was discovered Sunday morning on the sign for the Kollel Center for Jewish Studies.

The president of the Congregation Ohawe Shalom, said the graffiti is considered to be a hate crime.

Local leaders say they plan to discuss the crime and anti-Semitism at a news conference Monday morning.

Congressman David Cicilline released a statement Sunday, saying:

“I’m angry and disgusted. This despicable act of vandalism has only one purpose – to intimidate members of our community and it won’t succeed.

This kind of hatred must be condemned by everyone. Such deeply offensive acts of bigotry and intolerance have no place here. Someone knows who did this, and they should come forward immediately.

My thoughts are with all the members of Congregation Ohawe Shalom today.”

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US mayor announces plan to combat anti-Semitic incidents

Boston, USA – The mayor of a Massachusetts town whose schools have been targeted by a recent spate of anti-Semitic incidents has announced a plan to ensure students in the district feel welcome.

The office of Newton Mayor, Setti Warren, says the city has brought in attorney Richard W. Cole, a civil rights consultant, to work alongside Newton school administrators.

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Mayor Setti Warren

Warren says the city wants to emphasize its community values. He says he plans to hold a community discussion at City Hall.

Three incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti have been reported at Newton North High School since a March 11 basketball game at which student fans of the opposing team chanted, “You killed Jesus.”

The Boston-area high school has a large Jewish population.

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‘You Killed Jesus!’: Catholic Students Taunt Opponents with Anti-Jewish Chants

Massachusetts, USA – A high school basketball game was marred by anti-Semitic epithets being shouted. Catholic Memorial School and Newton North High School played a basketball game Friday night in the suburbs of Boston, but it seems the game was anything but sportsmanlike.

“You killed Jesus!” shouted about 50 to 75 Catholic Memorial students, according to the Boston Globe.

After hearing the mean-spirited taunts, the Newton North students fell silent with looks of surprise and anger overtaking their faces.basketball

“I found it chilling,” Newton superintendent David Fleishman, who arrived at the game, which was held at Newton South High School, about 20 minutes late.

Fleishman said he was immediately approached by a visibly disturbed parent who told him she was shaken.

“In my mind, this is incredibly upsetting and troubling, and they have a lot of work to do at Catholic Memorial,” he said.

Fleishman contacted the Anti-Defemation League about the issue, and told the Globe that Newton students would discuss the incident at school Monday.

The president of Catholic Memorial issued a statement Saturday condemning the “abhorrent behavior” of his students and promising to work toward ending it.

“Catholic Memorial School is deeply disturbed by the behavior of a group of student spectators who made an unacceptable chant Friday night while playing Newton North High School,” he said.

The president went on to clarify that faculty and staff “acted immediately” to end the racist chants, adding that Catholic Memorial pupils were reprimanded and each student was required to personally apologize to the Newton North principle.

Fleishman confirmed that the moment the anti-Jewish chants were heard, Catholic Memorial administration moved in to stop it.

 

Doug Haslam, the father of one Newton North senior, said he has been attending games for years and has frequently heard anti-Jewish chants. However, he said he had never heard chants about killing Jesus until Friday.

“There’s a lot of rowdy, rambunctious, probably crude and obnoxious chants, but there’s usually a line, and students rarely cross it,” he said. “When they do, there are repercussions.”

 

Anti-Semitism has been a concern for Newton North recently, as three cases of anti-Jewish graffiti were reported in recent months at F.A. Day Middle School. One of those incidents results in “Burn the Jews” being emblazoned across the wall of the boys bathroom.

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