By Aryeh Savir

Tazpit News Agency

For the fourth time this month a synagogue in Bat Yam in the center of Israel has been vandalized. Crosses were spray-painted at the entrance to the synagogue. In previous attacks invective slogans and swastikas were painted on the walls and windows were broken. Similar attacks occurred at other synagogues in the vicinity.

The synagogue is a central one in Bat Yam, established by Holocaust survivors who still frequent it. They are shocked and dismayed by these repetitive anti-Semitic attacks in the heart of Israel.shul_defaced

Miki Moskowitz, chairman of the synagogue, told Tazpit News Agency about the incident and criticized the lack of response on the police’s part: “When there is a ‘price tag’ action in Samaria the police arrests suspects within days. This has been going on for a month, in the center of Israel, and the police have no leads. I fear for the health of the survivors who have to endure these attacks, now on a regular basis.” He stated he knew of no possible suspects who would wish to harm the congregation. Moshe Yishai, a congregation member who is handling the case, said that some of the congregants required medical treatment after encountering the defacement. He announced that the community is to hold a protest tomorrow at the synagogue.

The police released a statement stating they were investigating the attacks, primarily on the intelligential level. They refused further comment.


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