Last week two swastikas were found on a bus stop in the central Israeli city of Petah Tikva. A day later another swastika was found on a school wall.
The vandalism occurred during Passover, and went unnoticed since schools and other facilities are closed for the holidays.
A city resident said: “It makes me feel sick that they did [committed these atrocities] it on Passover.” Passover is known as a holiday which celebrates the liberty of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery.
Rami Grinberg, a member of the city municipality erased the swastikas and added: “As a second generation to Holocaust survivors, a number of my relatives were killed during the Holocaust and as a public representative of the city of Petah Tikva, I won’t let this happen again. I will work to diminish these acts quickly, [so that] the memory of the six million Jews who died during the terrible Holocaust will be in our hearts forever. We won’t let anyone mock this.”
Police are investigating the incident.
This is not the first time that Petah Tikvah was affected by antisemitic hate crimes. In 2007, a Neo-Nazi gang was arrested by the city police and several swastikas were found painted on two synagogues and a religious college.
Source: Mynet Petah Tikva
By: Yael Soffer