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Synagogue vandalized in West Bank settlement of Givat Ze’ev

Police searching for suspects in community outside Jerusalem; indications don’t point to hate crime

The settlement of Givat Ze'ev in the West Bank, June 25, 2020. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
The settlement of Givat Ze'ev in the West Bank, June 25, 2020. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

A synagogue in the Givat Ze’ev settlement near Jerusalem was vandalized, police said in a statement Sunday.

Police opened an investigation into the incident and began gathering evidence from the scene as well as interviewing witnesses. They did not announce the extent of the damage.

Initial indications were that the attack was not a hate crime.

Police said they were still searching for suspects.

Though rare, there have been previous incidents of vandalism of synagogues in Israel, including in 2019 when a Torah scroll was set alight in an attack on a synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox West Bank settlement of Modiin Illit.

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