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Santa Maria, CA - Hate Crime Marks The Start Of The Jewish Holiday

Published on: October 1, 2008 08:02 PM
By: KCOY-12
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Santa Maria, CA - Vandals left swastikas and other racial slurs in red spray paint on the northbound side of the Santa Maria levee just hours before the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies say it’s not the first time something like this has happened. 

Just four days ago on Friday, the department sent a crew to clean up similar graffiti in the same area.  Members of the congregation at Temple Beth El [a Jewish synagogue affliated with the Union for Reform Judaism.] say they’re shocked.

Rick Feldman attended service Monday night and says “If they’re going to select a day, this cannot be done by somebody at random; this is definitely a hate crime.” 

Suzanne Levy who was also there to celebrate the high holiday says whoever is responsible should “Think about your own cultures history, and anytime your own culture has experienced any kind of intolerance, think about how that would make you feel if you were a victim of that before you do it to other people.”


If you have any information about this crime you are asked to call the San Luis Obispo Sheriffs Department.


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 Oct 01, 2008 at 10:58 PM Anonymous Says:

eh, reform...

they like it when they get antisemitism directed at them. gives them a sense of "jewish" identity.


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