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Monday, August 17, 2015

Jewish Community Hit With More Anti-Semitic Vandalism

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 4:16 PM

The first round of recent anti-Semitic vandalism targeted the Congregation Rodfei Sholom. - COURTESY
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  • The first round of recent anti-Semitic vandalism targeted the Congregation Rodfei Sholom.

Another round of hate speech has targeted another Jewish congregation.

Last week, the Congregation Rodfei Sholom was targeted by anti-Semitic vandalism. This week, the target was the Congregation Agudas Achim.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the congregation's executive director found "Jew Jew" painted on a shed this morning and discovered that two grills were missing.

Congregation Rodfei Sholom and Agudas Achim are not far from each other.

District 9 Councilman Joe Krier, who represents the district the Congregation Agudas Achim is in, said he is saddened to learn of another anti-Semitic graffiti attack.

“I am distressed and saddened to learn of another anti-Semitic attack, this time on the grounds of Congregation Agudas Achim in District 9. Hateful acts such as this have no place in civil society, and are in no way representative of San Antonio or District 9," Krier said in a statement. "After meeting with Rabbi Scheinberg of Congregation Rodfei Sholom following graffiti attacks there last week, I asked Police Chief Trevino to work tirelessly to track down the perpetrator/s of this crime. Today, I call on him to redouble his department’s efforts in light of the racist vandalism discovered this morning at Congregation Agudas Achim.”

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, who represents the area where Congregation Rodfei Sholom is, said District 8 businesses, San Antonio Crime Stoppers and State Senator Jose Menendez have brought together a reward of more than $10,000 for information leading to a conviction in the case.

"That is the city we have become – international, intercultural, multi-faith, tolerant and respectful. That’s the San Antonio championship formula. That’s also why we are calling on you to help us find and prosecute anyone who would undermine it," Nirenberg said in a statement.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also weighed in.

“Today’s second instance of anti-Semitic vandalism in San Antonio is an offensive and disturbing attack on people of all faiths. Religious discrimination has no place in the State of Texas and I have faith that law enforcement spearheading this investigation will redouble their efforts to swiftly bring those responsible to justice,” Abbott said in a statement.

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