LA Synagogue Office Targeted in Anti-Semitic Attack

Officials from Ikar, a major synagogue in Los Angeles, confirmed that their office had been the target of an anti-Semitic attack.

Swastikas were etched into the office windows late Thursday night or early Friday, according to a joint statement from Melissa Balaban, Ethan Goldstine and Michelle Rosenthal, the company’s chief executive, president and vice-chairman, respectively. synagogue.

“Fortunately, no one was present or physically injured,” the statement said. “We have alerted the relevant authorities and we are taking all measures to ensure the safety of our staff and our community, including reviewing security footage to see if we can better understand the attack and reviewing our security protocols to all the places where the IKARites meet, work. , and learn.”

Synagogue officials called the incident distressing but “unfortunately not surprising,” noting an increase in anti-Semitic acts in recent years.

“We also know that this comes at a time when we are all devastated and outraged by the mass shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo and Orange County, heartbroken as war continues to rage in Ukraine, reeling from the many attacks against reproductive rights, and still facing the vagaries and relentlessness of a pandemic,” the statement read.

The apparent hate incident comes days after a rental truck carrying anti-Semitic messages drove down Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Activists have identified the group responsible as the Goyim Defamation League, a hate group responsible for at least 74 incidents of anti-Semitic propaganda in 2021, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

There have been a series of recent anti-Semitic incidents in Southern California.

Residents in parts of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles woke up on April 16 to find anti-Semitic flyers on their doorsteps similar to others that were distributed in the area in November and December. All leaflets began with the statement “Every aspect of the Ukraine-Russia war is Jewish,” followed by a list of government officials.

Previously, police had collected more than 200 flyers in Beverly Hills and discovered that each was enclosed in a plastic sandwich bag containing rice – likely to weigh them down so they could be tossed by a passing car. The flyers were also distributed in Pasadena, as well as in Texas and North Carolina.

In May 2021, several people attacked diners outside a Westside sushi restaurant, shouting anti-Israel slogans and displaying a Palestinian flag before moving to punching and kicking. Two reports of anti-Semitic graffiti at businesses in West Hollywood were reported in the first week of 2020.

Officer Drake Madison, spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, confirmed on Friday that a report had been made into the incident at Ikar’s office, but said further information was not available. .

Los Angeles Times

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