Two months after the last incident, two people were arrested for allegedly harming the memorial again.
As reported, in 28.6 James Isaac was caught for throwing a stone on the memorial and breaking one glass. Recently he was released after trial.
The second hit occurred on the 15th of August. A young man threw a stone, and was caught by an off-duty city firefighter and a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and held until the police arrived. The suspect was seen on Monday night by witnesses throwing a rock on the monument’s glass parts. The mayor of Malden (six miles north of Boston), his origin town, condemned the act. The suspect received an order to stay away from the memorial, comply with mental health treatment and return court on October 10th.
Police commissioner, William B. Evans, spoke: “Clearly, this type of behavior will not be tolerated in our city. in light of the recent events and unrest in Charlottesville, it’s sad to see a young person choose to engage in such senseless and shameful behavior.”
Authorities managed to catch another felon, who damaged the flowers at the place. They caught him thanks to a witness who took photos of the ruined memorial, and the suspect was caught in act at the picture. His name is Said Bouzit, 37 and he was taken into custody on vandalism charges. He received a bail of $5,000.
The reactions to this event combined with the Charlottesville riots made people very worried. Nazi ideology “was a precursor to the eventual murderous policy,” Israel’s official Holocaust memorial warned, so reported The Associated Press.
Two days after the event, at August 17th, as 300 people gathered at the place to express support. The vigil was organized by IfNotNow Boston, a Jewish group who seeks to unite Israelis and Palestinians for peaceful life. They protested against white supremacy, Antisemitism and Islamophobia.
Sources: NY times, Boston globe
Image: picture by ADL new England, twitter
By: Roni Zedek