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Second synagogue vandalized in Huntsville, Alabama, days after the first

Swastikas, anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on Chabad of Huntsville during Passover, after neo-Nazis earlier targeted another shul in US city

The Chabad of Huntsville synagogue in Huntsville, Alabama, after it was spray-painted with swastikas on April 10, 2020. (WAFF 48/Twitter via JTA)
The Chabad of Huntsville synagogue in Huntsville, Alabama, after it was spray-painted with swastikas on April 10, 2020. (WAFF 48/Twitter via JTA)

JTA — A second US synagogue has been vandalized in Huntsville, Alabama, days after another one was plastered with anti-Semitic slurs.

The Chabad of Huntsville was spray-painted with swastikas and what local media described as anti-Semitic graffiti and racial slurs on Thursday night.

Surveillance video showed an unidentified suspect painting on the synagogue’s property for about 20 minutes. The graffiti was painted on the organization’s driveway, garage doors, a mailbox and more.

On Wednesday night, the Etz Chayim Synagogue, a Conservative congregation of about 60 families in South Huntsville, was vandalized with neo-Nazi graffiti.

“If the intention of the hate crime was to bring hate and division in our midst, he failed miserably. Instead, we have a wonderful showing of togetherness and love that I know to be the true character of our community. Our friends and neighbors have been wonderful, and the community at large has certainly turned an act of hate into an outpouring of love,” Chabad directors Rabbi Moshe and Mushky Cohen wrote in a post on Facebook on Saturday night, at the end of two days of the Passover holiday and Shabbat.

The graffiti was removed by powerwashing on Friday.

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