An apparent hate crime took place last night in a Jerusalem synagogue. On Wednesday morning, worshippers discovered spray-painted swastikas and partially burnt holy books when they entered the synagogue.







The Lelov synagogue

The Lelov synagogue Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson/Channel 2 News

Four spray-painted swastikas were discovered on Wednesday morning on the walls of the Lelov synagogue in Jerusalem’s Nachlaot neighborhood. In addition, partially burnt holy books were found at the scene. Jerusalem police have started to collect evidence as part of the investigation into the incident.

When police officers searched the neighborhood, they found two other buildings that fell victim to the same apparent hate crime because their walls were covered in spray-painted swastikas as well. Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau commented on the incident, saying that this vandalism cannot be accepted. “I’m calling on the law enforcement authorities to use all the means at their disposal and bring the desecrators of the synagogue to justice,” he said. Lau also called on the leaders of other religions to publicly condemn the vandalism.







The Lelov synagogue

The Lelov synagogue Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson/Channel 2 News