Neo-Nazi Attacks Raise Red Flags in Jewish State

In a growing phenomenon that is raising red flags among law enforcement officials, neo-Nazi violence and vandalism is appearing all over Israel.

Hana Levi Julian,

A neo-Nazi in Israel salutes Hitler
A neo-Nazi in Israel salutes Hitler
(Photo: Israel Police)

Neo-Nazis attacked a 70-year-old woman who was walking on the bridge connecting the Meridian Hotel and the Neveh David neighborhood in Haifa Monday morning.

The gang members beat her and shouted out "Heil Hitler," in the latest of a series of Nazi attacks that began with the arrest of a Nazi gang in Petach Tikva 10 days ago.

The victim said that two youths accosted her. One kicked her, causing her injuries, and the other gave a Nazi salute and shouted out "Heil Hitler." She was able to escape when a street sweeper stepped in to help her, but not before he, too, was beaten.

Haifa Radio also reported that a family from Neveh Yosef, not far away from the scene of the attack, was victimized by Nazi activity on Monday as well.

The family woke up to find their car's tires had been slit and that a huge swastika on top of a Star of David had been painted on the vehicle.

Reports of neo-Nazi organizations, swastikas scrawled on synagogue walls and other anti-Semitic crimes are increasingly being reported in the Jewish State.

Teen Arrested for Spraying Swastikas in Migdal Haemek

Neo-Nazism also found its way this week to the town of Migdal Haemek, southeast of Haifa. A 17-year-old anti-Semite was caught Sunday spraying a swastika on a neighbor’s car.

Police requested permission from the court to extend custody of the teenage attacker, who they said had admitted to spraying Nazi symbols on cars and public shelters, according to a report by Ynet.

Further questioning was necessary, said detectives, in order to determine whether the young Ukrainian immigrant is a member of a neo-Nazi gang. “We are checking to see whether there are other teenagers involved,” said a police spokesperson.

Swastikas Scrawled on Buildings in Holon

Nazi grafitti was found Sunday on walls in the town of Holon, near Tel Aviv. Residents there discovered several buildings spray-painted with swastikas and the word "Hitler."

The perpetrators have not yet been identified.

Swastikas Scrawled on Dimona Synagogue, Perpetrator Still at Large

Jews arriving for services at the Beit Ephraim synagogue in the northern Negev city of Dimona last Friday discovered their house of worship painted with Nazi symbols.

Two swastikas were found on the second day of Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year, sprayed on the synagogue wall and the fence surrounding the building.

Mayor Meir Cohen, who was among those who first spotted the Nazi graffiti, vowed to “do nothing else but deal with this issue.”

The mayor said he personally would offer a monetary reward of NIS 2,000 (approximately $480) to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the vandals. 

Nazi Vandalism in Eilat Synagogue on Rosh HaShana Eve

Nazi and Christian slogans were scrawled on the walls of a Sephardic synagogue in the resort city of Eilat on the eve of the Rosh HaShana holiday last week. The graffiti was discovered Monday evening by congregants who arrived to attend a class and to pray the evening service. The synagogue is located in a heavily religious neighborhood.

"Hitler is the Messiah," proclaimed one of the statements. "Long live Hitler and Jesus Christ" declared another. Crosses and swastikas were also scrawled on the building, which is located in a heavily religious neighborhood.

"We were all shocked and stunned," said Rabbi Yair Hadaya, son of the city's Chief Rabbi, Moshe Hadaya. "I do not view it as an affront to the rabbi, but rather as an affront to the country and the Jewish people," he added.

Police initially said it appeared to be an isolated incident, but Eilat deputy police commander Eitan Gadasi later said it was too early to tell whether the attack had been carried out by neo-Nazis. "Such incidents happened in the distant past in Eilat," he said, "but at this point it is too early to say whether there is a neo-Nazi cell in [this city]."

Approximately a year ago several teenagers were arrested after being caught spray-painting swastikas on tombstones in the Eilat cemetery.

Neo-Nazi Cell Members Indicted in Petach Tikva

Last week eight teenage members of a neo-Nazi cell in Petach Tikva were indicted in Tel Aviv District Court on a variety of charges that included racially-motivated aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit a crime, distribution of incitement materials, possession of weapons and incitement materials, and issuing threats. The 19-year-old group leader, “Nazi Eli” Buyanitov was also charged with a count of battery.

Computer records of an ICQ internet chat transcript quoted in the indictment reportedly showed Buyanitov planning a neo-Nazi ceremony in which his group members would “swear their allegiance to Hitler…”

The transcript of his online conversation with a friend also showed Buyanitov complaining that Israel is run by Jews. “The problem is that here there isn’t anything to fight against because it’s a country of f—[epithet deleted – ed.] kikes [derogatory term for Jews –ed.], we just can’t. Not me, not you and not even Adolf – may he rest in peace,” wrote the wannabe Nazi.

Also found during police searches of the homes of the defendants were 720 grams of explosives, a smoke grenade, bomb assembly equipment and four kilograms of propellants. Several videos showing the cell’s attacks on foreign workers, Orthodox Jews and other citizens, edited with Nazi symbols spliced in between scenes, were posted on the “YouTube” self-broadcast website as well.