Israel Police on Wednesday arrested a man on suspicion of spraying a swastika and an SS symbol on the wall of a synagogue in the central city of Petah Tivka.
The suspect, 36, resisted arrest and attacked officers with an electric screwdriver, the force said in a statement. Police used a taser to subdue the man and then detained him.
The man is also suspected of spraying Nazi symbols on the walls of Health Ministry and National Insurance premises in the city in the attack overnight Monday. A black swastika and SS symbol were also discovered sprayed onto the wall of the Mikdash Moshe synagogue.
Police identified a suspect and when officers arrived at his home in the city he attacked them with the drill.
He was to be brought to the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court for a remand hearing on Thursday.
Petah Tikva city councilman Rami Greenberg posted pictures of the vandalism on Facebook, saying it was “shocking to see swastikas spray-painted on the oldest synagogue in town.”
“We will not allow anti-Semitism to rear its head in our city, and we will continue efforts to promote love for people and our homeland, as well as tolerance among the Jewish people,” he wrote Wednesday.
It was not the first time Petah Tikva has been defaced with Nazi vandalism. Last year, police made several arrests amid a wave of Nazi graffiti found in various locations across the city.
Petah Tikva residents were shocked to find swastikas and Hitler references daubed on several synagogues, schools and city bus stops in mid-2017. Police eventually arrested two 17-year-old Jewish residents of the city for their role in the vandalism.