New York public sukkah vandalized; Jews respond with love

Vandals spray-paint anti-Israel graffiti on Chabad sukkah in Manhattan; NY Mayor condemns act as police investigate to locate suspects.

Mordechai Sones,

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In Manhattan, a public sukkah in the area of ​​the Karl Schwartz Park, near the Gracie Mansion, was desecrated yesterday morning.

The Jewish community in the area reacted to the destruction by hanging over the parts that had been destroyed black cloth with messages of peace and strengthening the Jewish People.

Chabad House on the Upper East Side's Rabbi Ben Krasniansky said, "We're quite shocked by the incident. Over 70,000 Jews living in the area passed through the holiday. We received threats from all kinds of extremists, but we didn't think anyone would actually implement them. However, it's very difficult to frighten the Jewish People, and such actions only reinforce us that our path is the right one."

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the act and called it anti-Semitic. The New York Police Department is investigating the incident, saying there are still no suspects.

WJC Executive Director Robert Singer said in response to the event, "The WJC strongly condemns the vandalism that took place in a public sukkah on the streets of Manhattan. Such behavior is unforgivable and unacceptable. This case should be treated as a serious incident. We thank the NYPD for handling the case and hope Jews throughout New York and the rest of the world will be able to enjoy upcoming holidays without any fear of attacks or desecration of property."




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