Dallas, TX - Halloween Ruled Out as Influence in Hate Crime at Kosher Restaurant
Dallas, TX - Natalie and Yohai Pinhas don’t think it was Halloween pranksters that spray-painted obscene and anti-semitic graffiti on the sidewalk and near the front door of their kosher restaurant and market in Far North Dallas.
“It could be, but why curse? Mr. Pinhas said Sunday after his wife, Natalie found the vandalism when she arrived at the restaurant Sunday morning. ““I believe it’s not Halloween.”
Mark Briskman, ADL (Anti-Defamation League) regional director in Dallas, said such incidents were rare in this area. He confirmed the burglary last week of a synagogue in Sherman in which property was damaged and items were taken.
A link between the cases seems unlikely, Briskman said, because Sherman police arrested two suspects in that case Thursday night or early Friday morning. The vandalism at Natalie’s Kitchen was done Saturday night.
Briskman said the Sherman case appears to be a crime of opportunity with alcohol involved rather than a hate crime. He said similar offenses have been reported by Sherman-area churches.
The vandalism at Natalie’s Kitchen likely will qualify as a hate crime given the content of the messages, he said, but there were elements included that make it seem unlikely to be the work of an organized anti-semitic group.
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