Swastikas painted at Jewish Buenos Aires barbershop
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Swastikas painted at Jewish Buenos Aires barbershop

Neo-Nazi pamphlet left outside iconic establishment in Jewish neighborhood

The Jewish barbershop Javerim in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Google Maps screen capture)
The Jewish barbershop Javerim in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Google Maps screen capture)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Swastikas were painted in front of a Jewish-owned barbershop “Javerim” in the traditional Jewish neighborhood of Villa Crespo in Buenos Aires.

The hair salon Javerim, the Hebrew word for friends, is a neighborhood icon. The swastikas were discovered on Saturday morning.

Argentina’s national secretary for Human Rights, Claudio Avruj, denounced the incident.

“I reject any type of discriminatory or xenophobic behavior, and I encourage you to continue working for an Argentina with a mosaic of identities where we all live together in peace and harmony,” Avruj tweeted.

A swastika spray-painted on a window of Temple Beth Israel in Hackensack, New Jersey in December, 2011 (ADL/JTA)
An illustrative photo of a spray-painted swastika on a window (ADL/JTA)

In addition to the swastikas, a neo-Nazi pamphlet was hung near the store.

Argentina’s Federal Police and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights are investigating the incident, which appears to be part of a wave on anti-Semitic attacks in the Argentinean capital. One week ago a man wearing a kippah was beaten and subject to anti-Semitic epithets on a street in Buenos Aires.

Nearly two months ago, a homeless couple entered a synagogue and threatened the worshippers. The synagogue’s rabbi was injured scuffling with the homeless man following Shabbat services.

Anti-Semitic incidents in Argentina rose by 14 percent in 2017 over the previous year, according to a DAIA report with the most recent national statistics. Online anti-Semitic incidents made up 88 percent of the 2017 total, nearly double the 47 percent in 2014.

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