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Swastikas painted on walls of two Bnei Brak synagogues

Police investigating incident in ultra-Orthodox city; photos of teen murdered at 2015 Jerusalem Pride Parade scattered in the area

A swastika is seen painted on the door of a synagogue in Bnei Brak, on July 31, 2021. (Israel Police)
A swastika is seen painted on the door of a synagogue in Bnei Brak, on July 31, 2021. (Israel Police)

Swastikas were painted on the side of two synagogues in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak Saturday, police said.

Police said they were investigating the incident after receiving a report on Saturday night.

Officers arrived at the scene to collect evidence, according to a police statement.

Photos of Shira Banki — a 16-year-old girl murdered by an ultra-Orthodox extremist at the 2015 Jerusalem Pride Parade — were found scattered in the area.

Banki’s death is set to be commemorated on Monday.

United Torah Judaism MK Yaakov Asher condemned the vandalism, saying it was part of “continued and unrestrained incitement against anything with a whiff of Judaism or Harediism to it.”

A community rabbi told the Walla news site that there was”astonishment and shock among worshipers.”

Rabbi Asher Landau also said many of the community members are Holocaust survivors or descendants of Holocaust survivors.

“I expect this incident to be condemned by all rabbis and leaders,” Landau told Walla.

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