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Tel Aviv - Synagogue Vandalized In Politically Motivated Graffiti

Published on: November 30, 2014 06:01 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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Graffiti reading, "where they legislate a Jewish state law people will burn books," seen sprayed on the exterior wall of a synagogue in central Tel Aviv on November 30, 2014. Photo by Amir Levy/Flash90Graffiti reading, "where they legislate a Jewish state law people will burn books," seen sprayed on the exterior wall of a synagogue in central Tel Aviv on November 30, 2014. Photo by Amir Levy/Flash90

Tel Aviv - The Tel-Aviv International Synagogue fell victim over the weekend to suspected politically motivated vandalism in what is thought to be a reaction to the arson attack on the Max Rayne Hand in Hand School on Saturday night.

The outer wall of the synagogue was spray painted with the comment “In a place where a Jewish state bill bill will be legislated books will be burned,” and a pile of burnt books left at the site.

Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn who heads the Orthodox synagogue which is known for it’s inclusive and tolerant outlook, labelled the as attack “anti-Semitic,” and said he suspected that the vandalism was carried out as a response to the arson attack on the Jerusalem school on Saturday, and

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“It is ironic and shocking that they targeted a synagogue where every perspective is respected and welcomed and where Jews are taught to love each other regardless of their political views,” said the rabbi.

Konstantyn pointed out that the founding of the International Synagogue was an initiative of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization which funds its activities, in order to serve as a hub of inclusive outreach to the greater Tel-Aviv community.  Over the past few years the synagogue has hosted programs for Shabbat and the Jewish holidays for thousands of Jews from all walks of life and political backgrounds.

Konstantyn said that the incident had been reported to the Tel Aviv police.

Burned books seen near a wall with Graffiti reading, "where they legislate a Jewish state law people will burn books," on the exterior wall of a synagogue in central Tel Aviv on November 30, 2014. Photo by Amir Levy/Flash90Burned books seen near a wall with Graffiti reading, "where they legislate a Jewish state law people will burn books," on the exterior wall of a synagogue in central Tel Aviv on November 30, 2014. Photo by Amir Levy/Flash90

The Tzohar organization also expressed concern over the incident, as well as the increasing social tensions in the country surrounding the contentious Jewish state issue.

“Without pointing fingers, I call on leaders from both the right and left of the political spectrum to deal with the issue of the proposed Jewish state legislation calmly and responsibly,” said Tzohar founder and Chairman Rabbi David Stav.

He said however that the attack was an indicator of the lack of respect that exists within certain groups in Israeli society.

“Rather than promote a healthy dialogue with other Jews who think differently, these individuals are resorting to the tactics of terrorists,” Rabbi Stav said.

“We are all entitled to have differing viewpoints on the challenges facing our society but anyone who resorts to violence of this nature - and in particular who targets a holy sanctuary- deserves to be condemned in all manner possible.”


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 Nov 30, 2014 at 06:14 PM Sociologist Says:

First they burn the books. Then they burn the people of the book.

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 Nov 30, 2014 at 08:52 PM anonymous Says:

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First they burn the books. Then they burn the people of the book.

all in the name of holiness

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