A pig’s head was hung over the entrance to a synagogue in the central city of Ramat Hasharon Friday morning.
Police were investigating the act of vandalism at the Sukkat Shaul synagogue.
“Shame on whoever did this,” the shul’s manager Eli Almani said. “I didn’t believe it at first, but when I saw it with my own eyes I realized it wasn’t a picture or doll but a real pig head, with blood dripping off it.”
The city has seen tensions between its secular and religious residents ahead of a local election runoff. Some secular residents are concerned by the growing ultra-Orthodox community in the city, fearful of a Haredi takeover.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein expressed hope the culprits were not tied to any of the local election campaigns. “We mustn’t forget that after the elections we will continue to live together — religious and secular, Arabs and Jews. Incitement won’t change that,” he said.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett of Jewish Home said this was an “act of villainy” and blamed a campaign against “imaginary” religious coercion in the country for “driving some people mad.”
“This act does not represent the secular public in the country, not even a small part of it.”
In August a synagogue in Petah Tikva was vandalized with Nazi graffiti.
Police said an investigation had been opened into the swastika and the SS symbol daubed on the outside of the Mikdash Moshe synagogue.
— חדשות עשר (@news10) November 9, 2018