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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Swastika Found on Boston-Area Chabad

A swastika was found on a Chabad in the Boston area on April 5.

A man can be seen on surveillance footage at around 1:40 a.m. committing the vandalism on the Chabad Center of Brookline, Mass. He’s wearing sunglasses and a navy blue beanie while smoking a cigarette.

According to police, the graffiti appeared to look like a swastika with Russian words written below it.

The Chabad said in an April 7 Facebook post that the suspect did not damage the property and that police have identified the individual in the surveillance footage.

“We feel confident that we are safe and there are no current threats to our security,” Chabad officials wrote. “We appreciate all those who expressed their concern and offered assistance.”

Anti-Defamation League New England Regional Director Robert Trestan said in a statement, “This anti-Semitic act represents a direct threat to the Jewish community and is a reminder that hate never rests, even in a pandemic. We are grateful to the Brookline police who remain on the frontlines, sacrificing themselves to keep us safe.”

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