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Swastika and anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on Boston church

By Mason White 12:41 PM April 23, 2013
Swastika graffiti illustration 

By: David Ross
A swastika and other anti-Semitic graffiti were found spray painted on a Boston, Massachusetts area church, according to police reports in Boston, Massachusetts.

Police in the Boston suburb of Sharon, are investigating the swastika that was found painted on the Victory Assembly of God church, last week.

Police suspect that the graffiti can be linked with the celebration of Jerusalem Day that the church is scheduled to mark next month. Banners and posters announcing the event, celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem by Israeli troops during the 1967 Six Day War, were also vandalized.

The Anti-Defamation League or ADL, condemned the incident.

“An attack on any place of worship is an assault on the entire community. As a community, we must be united in solidarity against all forms of hatred and intolerance. We are confident that the police will catch the perpetrators, and that those responsible will be arrested and prosecuted,” Robert Trestan, New England regional director of the ADL, said in a statement.

Trestan also said he found the graffiti particularly disturbing coming just after the recent attack on the Boston Marathon.
“To wake up and know that someone has gone after a church, you know, is very discouraging. This shows us that we really have a long way to go,” he said.

“Unfortunately, these type of incidents will only increase as the police and the governments are just not doing enough to fight the flames of hate. This is probably happening because there are just too many problems plaguing the United States and there are just not enough resources available to fight anti-Semitism,” Paul Green, 50, of Boston, Massachusetts told after leanring about the attack on the church.