Olney, MD - Synagogue Spray Painted with Swastikas
Olney, MD - Vandals struck a Montgomery County synagogue, spray painting Swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on the outside walls, parking lot and light posts, according to police and a synagogue member.
The vandalism at B’nai Shalom Synagogue of Olney, in the 18400 block of Burtfield Drive, was discovered early Monday morning, police said. The anti-Semitic phrases, scrawled using black spray paint, included “work will set u free,” a reference to a sign that hangs over the Auschwitz concentration camp, and “Death 2 Zionists.” The vandals also used German, writing phrases including “Juden raus,” which means Jews out and was used by Nazis.
“This is absolutely inappropriate and very, very hateful,â€ť said Montgomery County police spokesman, Cpl. Dan Friz. He said the vandals also tossed change near the front entrance.
Debbie Kovalsky, synagogue president, said the damage is â€śheart wrenching to see.â€ť â€śThe fact that someone out there is knowledgeable about this kind of hate, this is more upsetting than some teenager with spray-paint,â€ť Kovalsky said.
Kovalsky said the congregation, which has about 430 families, planned to begin clean-up Monday and to hold a special service.
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