Two months after the previous incident, two people were arrested for allegedly damaging a Holocaust Memorial in Boston once again.
James Isaac was caught for throwing a stone on the memorial and breaking part of the glass. He was released after trial.
The second hit occurred the following week. 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. The mayor of Malden condemned the act. The suspect received an order to stay away from the memorial, as well as comply with mental health authorities and and return to court in two months time.
Police commissioner, William B. Evans said: “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 flowers at the memorial. They caught him due to a witness’s photos of the ruined memorial. Said Bouzit, 37 was taken into custody on vandalism charges, and received a bail of $5,000.
The reactions to this event combined with the Charlottesville riots continue to worry many. Nazi ideology “was a precursor to the eventual murderous policy,” Israel’s official Holocaust memorial warned. Two days after the event, 300 people gathered at the place to express support. The vigil was organized by IfNotNow Boston, a Jewish group who protested against white supremacy, antisemitism and Islamophobia.
Sources: NY times, The Boston Globe
Image: picture by ADL new England, twitter
By: Roni Zedek