The Jewish community in California is angry and fearful after their synagogue was vandalized with anti-Semitic leaflets.
Around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, police received a call from a member of the Shalom Le Israel Messianic Synagogue in Carmichael, Sacramento, who said he had found the temple’s menorah covered in Nazi literature.
According to the synagogue’s rabbi, Boris Tsiprash, the leaflet contained phrases such as “the Aryan nation” and “Hitler was right”.
“This is a really serious incident,” said Mr. Siprash. Sacramento Bee. “These are some elders who are afraid that someone might shoot that place.”
Police say they are investigating the incident and treating it as a hate crime. So far no suspect has been identified.
“It’s a place where people should feel safe,” said Sergeant Rodney Grassman of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. KCRA. “Everyone should feel safe when they go into their place of worship.”
Sadly, says Rabbi Tsiprash, this is not the first time a synagogue has been ransacked. In the past, he says, a trailer in the temple’s parking lot has been set on fire, the building itself has been torn down and flooded, and a sign has been changed to read “Israel’s death”.
Just two weeks ago, at least 10 households in the neighborhood received bags of rice containing the leaflet “Aryan Nation”, which contained a swastika. Some bags were also left in the playground of the local elementary school.
Police say they are yet to know whether the incident was in any way related to the sabotage of the synagogue.
“It certainly remains to be seen,” said Sergeant Grassman. honey bee.
Mr Tsiprash says some of his congregation are planning to stay home from services this Saturday because he fears there could be violence in the synagogue. But he is urging them to show courage in the face of intimidation.
“I am not afraid,” said the rabbi.
The police have sought people’s help in solving the case.
“Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact 916-874-TIPS (8477), Communications Center at 916-874-5115 or email us at the online tip form You may remain anonymous,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / California