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Global Anti-Semitism:
Selected Incidents Around the World in 2006
A woman holding an umbrella walks by anti-Semitic graffiti on a wall in central Kiev, Ukraine, on June 5. (AP Photo)

INCIDENTS BY COUNTRY
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Colombia
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Italy
Lithuania
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Russia
Serbia
Spain
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Tunisia
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Venezuela

Argentina

September 29, 2006 – Buenos Aires –Graffiti was found in nearly all of the men’s bathrooms of the Faculty of the Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires that read, “Out of the country Zionist assassin Jews, you only encourage hate and resentment. Get out Marxists of Argentine faculties.”

September 21, 2006 – Buenos Aires – Swastikas were painted on the walls of buildings in the Belgrano district, near Jewish institutions. The vandalism, which occurred just prior to the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days, included the spray-painted slogans: “long live Hitler,” “long live the Fuhrer,” and “Jews murderers.”

August 13, 2006 – Buenos Aires – Anti-Semitic graffiti was found on the walls of buildings featuring a Star of David and a swastika separated by an equal sign and the accompanying text, “or demonstrate us the contrary.” 3 of the reported 6 people involved in the incident have been apprehended and the authorities also found the spray paint templates used in the graffiti and in 15 other similar paintings found in the area. The incidents were reported to authorities by the Argentine Jewish Associations Delegations (DAIA).


Australia

October 14, 2006 – Melbourne – About 20 football players attacked a Jewish man in front of his family, yelling racial epithets and punching him in the face. The players yelled “F*** off Jews” and “Go the Nazis,” motioned as if firing a machine gun at the family, and then grabbed his yarmulke before striking him in the face. The man, an Orthodox Jew, was walking with his family past the Ocean Grove Football Club’s bus when the incident occurred. Witnesses stopped the team’s bus until police arrived on the scene. The club has since issued an apology and agreed to visit Melbourne’s Holocaust Museum.

August 14, 2006 – Sydney – The Parramatta synagogue on the outskirts of Sydney was attacked for the second time in two weeks. At night vandals threw concrete blocks at the building’s door. Two weeks ago, similar blocks were used to damage the Rabbi’s car and residence next door.

August 2, 2006 – Sydney – A Jewish youth community center in the Bondi neighborhood, adjacent to the Mizrachi Synagogue, was attacked when gasoline-soaked logs were thrown at the building in an apparent arson attempt. It was the second time in a week that a Jewish building in Sydney was the target of an anti-Semitic attack.

July 30, 2006 – Sydney – Parramatta Synagogue was attacked. Objects were thrown onto the building’s roof and concrete blocks were used to break the windows of two nearby cars. Witnesses reported a group of ten men of apparent Middle Eastern origin laughing and running on a nearby street. The synagogue’s rabbi and his family were inside the building during the attack.

July 21, 2006 – Melbourne – Bentleigh Progressive Synagogue was vandalized; anti-Semitic slogans, including “F--- Jews” and “Die Jews,” and swastikas were found in the exterior walls. The Leo Baeck Centre, a Jewish community center, was also vandalized when bricks were thrown through a number of windows.

June 24, 2006 – Sydney – Coogee Synagogue was broken into by intruders who damaged the handle on a Torah scroll and stole the ark curtain. New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff said, “They specifically went for the Holy Ark, which is the holiest place in the synagogue, where the Torah scrolls are held. Those were specifically smashed.”


Austria

November 26, 2006 – Vienna – A vandal broke into the Lauder Chabad School at night, smashing windows and breaking other objects with a metal crowbar on three floors of the building. The school was not in use at the time. After responding to a noise complaint, authorities arrested a suspect in the attack.

Update (02/07/07): A court in Vienna sentenced a 24-year-old man from Croatia to 15 months in prison for vandalizing the Lauder Chabad School. The man was quoted saying that there were "too many Jews in this country." The Vienna Jewish Community called the sentence, "completely inadequate."


Belarus

November 30, 2006 – Brest – An apparently homemade explosive device damaged a Holocaust memorial, covering it with black soot. The local Jewish community says it was the sixth time the Brest memorial has been vandalized since its dedication 14 years ago.

November 12, 2006 – Minsk – Vandals defaced the Yama Holocaust memorial in Minsk with a swastika. Anti-Semitic leaflets found at the scene threatening revenge on the “enemies and traitors of our Fatherland” were signed by the White Russian Front for Aryan Resistance, a previously unknown group.


Belgium

November 30, 2006 – Beringen – Ten teenagers of Turkish descent attacked a group of orthodox Jewish students on a school trip. The attackers, who threw stones and hurled anti-Semitic slogans at the students, were detained by police and ordered to serve 30 hours of community service.

July 24, 2006 – Brussels – A Holocaust memorial was desecrated in what Jewish officials described as a “clearly anti-Semitic” event. Documents, windows, and the memorial’s crypt were destroyed. The crypt included an urn carrying ashes from Auschwitz, which was emptied and vandalized. The memorial, in the Anderlecht quarter of Brussels, has been a target of desecration before.


Brazil

August 5, 2006 – Campinas – Vandals threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at a synagogue. The three or four attackers, who have not been identified, also painted “Lebanon, the true Holocaust” on the sidewalk outside. The projectiles broke some windows and started a small fire that was quickly put out by pedestrians. No injuries were reported.


Canada

September 1, 2006 – Montreal – The Skver-Toldos Orthodox Jewish Boys School in the Outremont neighborhood was firebombed when a masked assailant tossed a Molotov cocktail through a glass pane in the building’s main entrance. The act was caught on security cameras which showed the man arriving just 20 minutes after 12 students left the building following Friday night Shabbat festivities. The attacker initially aimed the Molotov cocktail at a classroom window but seemed to hesitate when he noticed a screen in the window and instead threw the lit bottle at the main entrance. Damage from the attack has been estimated between $50,000 and $150,000 including new security measures. Police have released a description of the assailant but no arrests have been made.

March 25, 2006 – Montreal – Two synagogues in an area that is home to many Orthodox Jews were vandalized with a series of spray-painted swastikas and Nazi SS symbols.


Colombia

August 6, 2006 – Bogotá – Anti-Semitic and anti-Israel graffiti was found in the area around the Israeli Embassy. The spray-painted vandalism included a Star of David intertwined with a swastika and the slogans, “F***ing Jews,” “Jews Nazis,” “Put an end to the Nazi/Imperialist occupation – Free Palestine,” and “No more Israel.”


France

November 8, 2006 – Gagny – Unknown arsonists set fire to the ground floor of the Merkaz Hatorah Jewish school in a northern suburb of Paris. The fire was quickly extinguished. The school was similarly attacked in 2003. No injuries were reported, and police have initiated an investigation.

September 13, 2006 - Paris – After identifying him as Jewish, four students attacked a 13-year-old boy in his suburban middle school, sending him to the hospital. Legal action was being taken against the assailants.

August 2, 2006 – Saint-Quentin – A synagogue was vandalized. Panes of glass were broken, chairs were overturned, a silver item of worship was stolen, and a Star of David was covered in black ink.

May 28, 2006 – Paris – Members of a black extremist group marched through a Jewish quarter in central Paris shouting anti-Semitic slogans. Police broke up the march. Security was increased in the area.

March 12, 2006 – Paris – Vandals broke into a synagogue in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles and threw religious objects to the ground. Police were investigating.

March 6, 2006 – Lyon – A Jewish pupil was attacked and kicked in the face by four youths. Police placed the youths in custody for violence and injury “with anti-Semitic character.”

March 4, 2006 – Sarcelles – A 28-year-old Jewish man was beaten by youths who made anti-Semitic remarks during the assault. The man suffered a dislocated shoulder. The police have arrested four suspects.

March 3, 2006 – Sarcelles – A 17-year-old Jewish man, the son of a local rabbi, was attacked by two men. The victim suffered a broken nose. The incident occurred near the synagogue of Sarcelles in a district known as “Little Jerusalem,” where there is a sizable Jewish community.

March 3, 2006 – Sarcelles – An 18-year-old Jewish man was attacked by a group of five men, who threw him to the ground while shouting insults and anti-Semitic threats. They escaped with the victim’s cellular phone.

February 13, 2006 – Bagneux – Police believe the kidnapping and murder of a young Jewish man in Paris was motivated by anti-Semitism. Ilan Halimi, 23, was found naked, tortured and burned south of Paris after being held for three weeks by a gang demanding a large ransom. He died of his injuries shortly afterwards. On February 23, French police arrested 12 of the members of the gang. Another suspect was arrested in Belgium. During the investigation police reportedly found literature linking some suspects to Muslim causes and there are indications that the torture and killing was an anti-Semitic crime. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy on February 21 described the crime as anti-Semitic in nature.

January 9, 2006 – Créteil – Two Jewish boys wearing yarmulkes were attacked in front of a train station in Créteil, a Paris suburb. The 11- and 12-year-olds were approached by four men of African and Arab origin, who hurled anti-Semitic epithets at them before striking one of the boys to the ground and holding the other forcefully. One of the victims suffered a broken nose. Police arrested four suspects in the assault.

January 7, 2006 – Sarcelles – A synagogue was vandalized, with the words “Juden raus” (“Jews get out”) and “Death to Sharon” etched into the roof. A man later confessed to using an ice-pick to vandalize the building.


Germany

December 10, 2006 – Langenstein-Zwieberge – Vandals etched swastikas into part of the structure of a memorial to the victims of the Nazi forced labor camp at Langenstein-Zwieberge, which was a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

November 22, 2006 - Forst - A memorial at the site of a destroyed synagogue outside of Berlin was vandalized with anti-Jewish graffiti.

November 9, 2006 – Frankfurt an der Oder – Neo-Nazis vandalized a Kristallnacht monument just hours after the town’s annual memorial ceremony. The vandals destroyed candles and wreaths, yelled “Sieg Heil,” and attempted to damage the memorial stone itself. Police arrested 16 men in their late teens and early twenties.

October 12, 2006 – Parey, Saxony-Anhalt – A group of teenagers forced a classmate to walk around their schoolyard wearing a placard hanging from his neck reading, “I’m the biggest pig in town, only with Jews do I hang around.” The anti-Semitic slogan was used during Nazi regime to shame Germans who were sympathetic to Jews. Displaying Nazi symbols and slogans is illegal in modern Germany.

September 26, 2006 – Berlin – Jewish soccer team TuS Makkabi was taunted by Germany fans with chants of “Gas the Jews” and “Auschwitz is back” in a game against VSG Altglienicke. Sanctions were put on Altglienicke and the referee calling the game. Altglienicke was ordered to play their next two games without fans and to attend anti-racism seminars.

July 29, 2006 – Berlin – A swastika was found etched into the German capital’s Holocaust memorial. Also, a man was arrested after he was discovered painting a swastika on the Swiss Embassy in the city.


Greece

August 1, 2006 – Thesaloniki – Anti-Israel demonstrators attempted to put posters of wounded Lebanese civilians on a Holocaust memorial. Police fired tear gas at the protestors, members of a Communist-backed trade union.


Hungary

November 6, 2006 – Vac – A synagogue, Holocaust memorial, and Jewish school were attacked in the wake of right-wing, anti-government protests around the country. Vandals splashed black paint on the fence of the synagogue and school, wrote graffiti that included “Heil Hitler” and “Viva Palesztina,” and broke into the school, stealing a marble tablet presented to the school by the city to remember the Holocaust.

July 28, 2006 – Budapest – Two members of the Left-Wing Front-Communist Youth Alliance, participating in an anti-Israel protest, carried Israeli flags defaced with swastikas.


Italy

August 1, 2006 – Rome – Twenty shops in Italy’s capital were vandalized. Shop owners reported swastikas on nearby walls, locks filled with glue, and shutters nailed shut. Fliers found at the shops were signed by the Armed Revolutionary Fascists, a neo-fascist group, and denounced “the Zionist economy” and included pro-Hezbollah statements. “There are still anti-Semites in Italy,” said Riccardo Pacifici, a spokesman for Rome’s Jewish Community.

July 28, 2006 – Livorno – Graffiti translating roughly to “Israel is an evil state” was written on the walls of Jewish-owned businesses.

July 10, 2006 – Rome – Neo-fascists celebrating Italy’s World Cup victory vandalized walls, doors and vehicles in the Jewish quarter of Rome with swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti. The neighborhood, where many in Rome's small Jewish community live or work, is within walking distance from Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman entertainment area where more than 600,000 fans held a jubilant rally for the players of the national team. Italy’s Prime Minister Romano Prodi and other politicians strongly condemned the incident as an “ignoble gesture of hate and intolerance.”


May 15, 2006 – Milan – Forty Jewish graves were desecrated, and five destroyed, at a Jewish cemetery in the outskirts of Milan. Police and Jewish community leaders are investigating if it was an act of anti-Semitism or of general vandalism.


Lithuania

June 25, 2006 – Vilnius – Nineteen gravestones and monuments were smashed in a Jewish cemetery near the capital of Vilnius. Police and Jewish community leaders are investigating if it was an act of anti-Semitism or of general vandalism.


New Zealand

August 1, 2006 - Christchurch – A Jewish synagogue was vandalized with “shower you murderous swine” and “filthy pigs” spray painted on a walkway, swastikas etched into a plaque, and also on the plaque the phrase “6 million Jews. 7 million Russians. 40 million people in total. What makes you so special,” written in felt pen.


Norway

September 17, 2006 – Oslo – During the night, shots were fired by an unidentified attacker at a synagogue. Police said that at least ten shots were fired at the front of the building and the suspect escaped capture. The owners of the site had received threats and the building itself was vandalized in early August. The attack damaged the building’s façade and windows and nobody was injured.

August 2, 2006 – Oslo – An unidentified man defecated on the steps of a synagogue and then threw rocks at the building, smashing two windows. The building was empty at the time. Neighbors called the police, but the vandal, who was caught on security cameras, fled the scene beforehand.

July 15, 2006 – Oslo – Unidentified Middle Eastern men assaulted a Jewish boy on the street who was wearing a Kippah. The Jewish community in Oslo has recommended that people not wear Kippot or speak Hebrew in public.


Poland

May 27, 2006 – Warsaw – Poland's Chief Rabbi was shoved and attacked with mace in downtown Warsaw. The perpetrator yelled “Poland for Poles!,” an old anti-Semitic slogan. The Rabbi, en route to Sabbath lunch, challenged the man after he approached, and was attacked.


Russia

September 26, 2006 – Volgograd – Vandals attacked the Or Avner Jewish School in the Krasnooktyabrskiy district, smashing the building’s front window, drawing a swastika and writing the slogan, “For the purity of the nation.” A guard from the Interior Ministry who was on duty at the time was seriously injured.

November 5, 2006 – Surgut – Unknown assailants attacked the local Jewish community office, throwing Molotov cocktails at the building and leaving threatening leaflets behind. The building suffered minor damage—one window was broken and patches of wall were blackened by soot from a small fire that was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported.

October 25, 2006 – Vladivostok – A synagogue was vandalized overnight when swastikas and the words, “Jews go to Israel” were painted on the exterior walls and door. The vandalism was discovered by the synagogue’s rabbi the following morning.

October 2, 2006 – Tver – During Yom Kippur, over 80 gravestones in a Jewish cemetery were vandalized in this city of 4,000 Jews, 200 kilometers from Moscow. Many stones were destroyed and others were defaced with swastikas. Chaim Ben Yaakov, the head of the local Jewish Agency also reported anti-Semitic fliers appearing around the city containing swastikas, caricatures of Jews, and nationalist slogans including, “Russia is for Russians” and “Russia must take its fate into its own hands.” Authorities are investigating the incidents.

September 27, 2006 – Volgograd – Thirty (30) gravestones at a Jewish cemetery were destroyed on the 65th anniversary of the mass-killing of Jews in Babi Yar, Ukraine, during World War II. The authorities have opened an investigation.

September 22, 2006 – Moscow – The leader of a small Jewish congregation in Fili was attacked while walking on a street near his house in broad daylight just prior to the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The unidentified assailant approached the victim, asked if he was a Jew and what his religion was, and kicked him. The victim sustained no major injuries and reported the incident to the police.

September 22, 2006 – Khabarovsk – On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the synagogue in this far eastern city was attacked when four unidentified assailants threw rocks at the building, breaking windows and glass doors. No one was injured.

September 22, 2006 – Astrakhan – A Sephardic synagogue in the Volga region was attacked in the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah. A group of unknown perpetrators smashed some of the building’s windows. Only a guard was inside; he was unharmed and called the police.

August 13, 2006 – Habarovsk – Attackers threw a Molotov cocktail at the entrance of a synagogue. Wet weather prevented the fire from spreading, and only a few steps received minor burns. The incident was reported to the police who are searching for the perpetrators.

April 20, 2006 – Orenburg – A group of men suspected of being members of a local neo-Nazi skinhead gang attempted to break into a synagogue in Orenburg, about 800 miles southeast of Moscow. The group broke windows, shouted anti-Semitic slogans and painted swastikas on the building, but no one was hurt, according to a spokesman for the Federation of Jewish Communities. Police have opened a criminal investigation, and at least one of the attackers, a teenager, has been detained.

April 21, 2006 - Omsk - Swastikas were discovered on ten graves in a Jewish cemetery in the Siberian town of Omsk during the week of the Passover holiday.

March 13, 2006 – St. Petersburg – A young man shot at another man who had just dropped his daughter off at a Jewish school. The perpetrator used a rifle but missed his target, hitting the victim’s car instead and escaped. An anti-Semitic motive is suspected and police were investigating.

January 13, 2006 – Rostov-on-Don – A 19-year-old student swinging a broken bottle attempted to attack worshippers inside a synagogue. The man had entered the building and demanded a meeting with the rabbi. He appeared to be intoxicated. When synagogue security attempted to stop him, the suspect escaped and managed to strike several people with the bottle before he was subdued and handed over to police. No injuries were reported. Police described the incident as a copycat attack to stabbings inside a Moscow synagogue days earlier. UPDATE: Alexander Koptsev, convicted of the stabbing, was sentenced on September 15, 2006 to 16 years in prison after a retrial.

January 11, 2006 – Moscow -- A knife-wielding assailant entered the Chabad Bronnaya synagogue in downtown Moscow and stabbed eight worshippers, several critically. The man reportedly had a shaved head and shouted Nazi and other slogans, including “I will kill Jews!” as he carried out the assaults. He was arrested after bystanders wrestled him to the floor and disarmed him. ADL urged the Russian government to investigate. More


Serbia

August 27, 2006 – Belgrade – A group of skinheads severely beat two Israelis during a rock music festival. The male attackers were wearing Nazi symbols and chanted, “Auschwitz, Auschwitz” and “Go to Germany,” during the attack.


Spain

November 25, 2006 – Pamplona – Fans of “Deportivo La Coruna,” a soccer team, hurled anti-Semitic taunts at Israeli goalkeeper Dudu Awate, who was playing as a member of the Spanish premier league rival, “Osasuna.” The fans held Palestinian flags and yelled anti-Jewish slurs.


Switzerland

March 31, 2006 – Lausanne – Vandals broke into the synagogue of Lausanne and smashed ten window panels. Police are investigating. The synagogue had been previously vandalized, with neo-Nazi graffiti daubed over the building.


Tajikistan

September 13, 2006 – Dushanbe – Vandals attacked the last remaining synagogue in the city by attempting to set it on fire, the second attack on the site this month. A Molotov cocktail was thrown into the backyard of the building and burst into flames. Two youths were chased from the scene by two elderly occupants of the building whom were unharmed. On August 18, a similar incident occurred when attackers set a fire on the premises and fled.



Tunisia

March 10, 2006 – Tunis – At a ceremony celebrating the donation of the library of a Tunisian Jewish sociologist and researcher of the Tunisian Jewish community to Manouba University, students shouted anti-Semitic slogans and hit professors protecting the deceased historian’s daughter from assault. The university apologized for the incident while members of Jewish communities in attendance asked for sanctions against the perpetrators.



Ukraine

July 17, 2006 - Kiev- The Babi Yar memorial was brutally vandalized. The monument, which was erected in 1991, memorializes the tens of thousands of Jews killed by the Nazis in the Babi Yar massacre in 1941. An unknown group destroyed the inscription plate on the menorah-shaped memorial.

June 10, 2006 – Sevastopol – A Holocaust memorial was smeared with pink paint and swastikas. It was the second time vandals have targeted the memorial this year.

May 4, 2006 – Simferopol – Vandals threw stones and stole a security camera at a synagogue. A video recording from another surveillance camera showed two men committing the attack. Police were investigating.

April 20, 2006 – Dnepropetrovsk – A 20-year-old rabbinical student was attacked by a group of skinheads. He was stabbed in the chest and suffered head injuries.

April 20, 2006 – Odessa – A Holocaust memorial was smeared with black paint, large swastikas and an anti-Semitic slogan. Police were investigating.

March 6, 2006 – Kiev – A Yeshiva student used an air-pellet gun to fend off four men on a Kiev subway who were on a drunken rampage and who kicked him to the ground while shouting anti-Semitic insults. The student managed to shoot one of the assailants in the face with the pellet gun, which he had purchased following an August 2005 attack against another Yeshiva student in Kiev. The assailants were arrested at the scene.

February 3, 2006 – Kiev – A man stormed into the Central Brodsky Synagogue in downtown Kiev and demanded to see the rabbi. Security guards found a knife on the man and police arrested him.



United Kingdom

The Community Security Trust, the British Jewish community’s defense and security organization, documented 594 anti-Semitic incidents in 2006 – a 31 percent increase over 2005 and the largest number since the CST began recording such incidents in 1984.

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November 9, 2006 – London – A synagogue in the southern part of the city was defaced on the anniversary of Kristallnacht. Large posters with photographs of dead Palestinian women and children were plastered on the exterior walls of the building.

September 13, 2006 – Manchester – The Urmston Jewish cemetery was desecrated. The vandals smashed and knocked down some gravestones and painted anti-Semitic graffiti on others, leaving at least 30 stones damaged. Urmston cemetery has been similarly attacked in the past; this was the third such anti-Semitic attack on the cemetery in recent weeks.

August 17, 2006 – Wiltshire – A man was apprehended on suspicion of the attempted fire-bombing of a mosque and the painting of anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic graffiti. The man painted a swastika and the phrase, “Pakistanis and Jews go back to Auschwitz,” on the wall of the building. The man broke a window and threw a small bomb inside the building which failed to explode. The mosque was also attacked last September when similar graffiti was found on the building and gas tanks were found burning but unexploded outside.

August 11, 2006 – London – A 12-year-old Jewish girl was beaten unconscious on a public bus in front of bystanders who did nothing to stop it. A group of four girls and three boys boarded the bus after the girl, and one member of the group asked if she was Jewish. After she replied, “I’m English,” the four girls pushed her to the floor and repeatedly kicked her while their three male companions stood by, watching and guarding the area. The girl’s friend, who helped her to safety and was carrying rosary beads, was left untouched. The gang took the girl’s bracelet, and police have categorized the incident as a racially aggravated robbery.

July 31, 2006 – Glasgow – Garnethill Synagogue was vandalized with the word “Hizbollah” written on a road leading up to the building.

March 21, 2006 – Derby – Over 30 gravestones in the Jewish section of a cemetery in Derby were uprooted and smashed. According to police, two men were arrested on “suspicion of racially motivated criminal damage.” Although only 10 Jews are believed to live in Derby, many more are buried at the gravesite.


Uruguay

June 25, 2006 – Montevideo – A Holocaust memorial was vandalized several times during the past week in the capital of Montevideo. The government swiftly repudiated the recent desecrations with the mayor, Ricardo Ehrlich, ordering city workers to erase the graffiti and organizing an anti-hate demonstration at the memorial as workers cleaned the area.


Venezuela

August 6, 2006 – Caracas – The neighborhood of Los Chorros, which houses the main Jewish Day School and the Jewish Community Center, was vandalized. Walls and signs were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti that included the slogans, “Jews Dogs” and “Zionists Get Out.” The graffiti was signed by the Venezuelan Communist Party.

June 29, 2006 – Caracas – Anti-Semitic graffiti was found on walls outside of the main Sephardic synagogue that included the slogans, “Jews assassins,” “Live Palestine,” “Israel assassin,” “Bush = Israel assassin,” and “Socialism or Death.” The local Jewish community has reported the incident to the authorities, and the graffiti has been removed. The vandalism coincided with a speech by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that condemned Israel and defended the Hamas-led Palestinian government and Israel’s incursion into Gaza after the kidnapping of IDF solider Gilad Shalit.

 

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