Jerusalem / 01.08.2021 20:30:15
The Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, described this Sunday as a “serious crime of incitement to hatred” the acts of vandalism committed in two synagogues near Tel Aviv, in which swastikas were painted.
According to the rabbi of the “Young Israel” synagogue, Haim Asher Landau, some faithful found swastikas painted on two doors of the place of cult to which they went for the prayers of Saturday in the morning.
“This act of vandalism in a synagogue in (the town of) Bnei Brak is a serious hate crime,” Bennett said in a statement.
Police said another synagogue also suffered similar acts over the weekend in Bnei Brak, a city populated mostly by Orthodox Jews. An investigation has been opened, he said.
“It is a terrible feeling. A feeling of mourning”, declared Haim Asher Landau, who specified that he is a descendant of Holocaust survivors, like many other faithful of the synagogue.
According to him, photos of Shira Banki, a teenage girl stabbed to death by an ultra-Orthodox Jew in 2015 during the pride march in Jerusalem, were found on the ground. There were also condoms hanging from the doorknobs, he says. In the other synagogue there were also photographs of the young woman and swastikas, according to the rabbi.
This act is the result of “a campaign of incitement to hatred by politicians and the media against ultra-Orthodox Jews,” said Deputy Israel Eichler, of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, quoted by the website of religious information Kikar Hashabbat.