An investigation has been opened after the discovery of anti-Zionist graffiti on a synagogue in Western France.
Early this past Shabbos (July 28), the words “no to Zionists, no to Israel” were discovered inscribed in black paint on the facade of the building of the main Shul in Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), located 100 miles northwest of Paris. Stickers displaying the Palestinian, Lebanese and French flags were also found on the building’s entrance.
In 2016, bullet holes were found in the mailbox of the same Shul, the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, noted in a statement Tuesday. BNVCA called on authorities, who have no suspects in custody for either incident, to “do everything in their power” to bring the culprits to justice.
“Anti-Zionist rhetoric targeting Israel that is placed on a synagogue confirms that anti-Zionists are notorious anti-Semites,” BNVCA wrote.
The Shul’s Rabbi Dov Lewin expressed his “surprise” and “dismay” on Facebook. The maintenance services of the city of Le Havre quickly cleaned the facade of the building.
“The Davening took place as every week, the community remains strong,” Rabbi Lewin wrote, while thanking the police for their rapid response and also for “their presence at each of the organized events at the synagogue “.
Police believe that this is an “isolated act” and “amateur”, based on the spelling mistake made by the perp(s) who wrote “Isrrael”. The president of the Jewish community of Le Havre Victor Elgressy announced his intention to file a complaint. “The facts are serious,” he said.
(Nat Golden – YWN)