Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Swastikas Painted on Philly Kosher Butcher Shop; ADL Head Calls Act Attack on Entire Community

A kosher butcher shop in Philadelphia was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti last week, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (September 16, 2014).

Crude swastikas were painted on the butcher shop, Simon Glatt's Kosher meats, between the evening of September 10 and the next morning. The butcher shop has been at its location for 20 years.

A nearby synagogue was similarly vandalized in June. There are no witnesses and no suspects in either case.

"The defacement of public property in Philadelphia with swastikas represents an attack on the entire community," Anti-Defamation League (ADL) associate regional director Joshua Cohen said. "The swastika is a universal symbol of hate meant to instill fear and intimidation. It's clear that the perpetrator intended to not only damage property, but also to send a message of hate to the entire community."

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