New Jersey synagogue vandalized

Holocaust memorial at Congregation Sons of Israel in Lakewood vandalized for the second time in less than a year.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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A New Jersey synagogue’s Holocaust memorial has been vandalized for the second time in less than a year, The Associated Press reported on Monday.

Lakewood police said someone spray-painted several anti-Semitic words and phrases, some of them misspelled, on the memorial at Congregation Sons of Israel.

Similar graffiti was also found on the synagogue, while a swastika was spray-painted on a pickup truck parked outside the building.

The vandalism was reported around 11:45 a.m. Saturday and apparently occurred sometime during the previous evening, according to AP.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the vandalism and no arrests have been made.

A similar act of vandalism occurred at the site last July, when vandals posted a banner containing an anti-Jewish slur on the Holocaust memorial.

The banner, which was placed in front of the Congregation Sons of Israel synagogue, read “(((HEEBS))) WILL NOT DIVIDE US”. The use of triple parentheses – called “(((echo)))” – is a white supremacist symbol used to single out Jewish individuals.

Emblazoned on the banner was the logo and internet address of Vanguard America, a self-described fascist movement apparently aligned with the National Vanguard, a neo-Nazi group based in Charlottesville, Virginia, with active branches in Nevada, New Jersey, and Florida.

Local police said at the time the anti-Semitic incidents were likely “directly related” to the arrests of 14 Jewish residents of Lakewood for welfare fraud.