Skip to comments.Chicago synagogues hit by hate crime spree
Posted on 01/11/2009 2:15:48 PM PST by SJackson
Vandals struck four Chicago-area synagogues early Saturday morning, shattering glass doors and windows with bricks and rocks and spray-painting anti-Israel graffiti.
The caretakers at Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation in the normally quiet village of Lincolnwood just outside Chicago woke up to the sound of shattering glass and saw two adults running through the synagogue's parking lot in ski masks. Four bricks were thrown through the building's front doors, but the vandals were unable to gain entry.
"Death to Israel Free Palestine," was the message left behind on the walls in bright orange spray paint.
Similar incidents occurred around the same time not far away at three synagogues and schools in Chicago's West Rogers Park, a neighborhood dominated by Orthodox Jews. Two windows were shattered at Young Israel of West Rogers Park, "Death to Israel" was spray-painted on the wall of Congregation Anshe Motele and rocks broke a glass window at the Lubavitch Mesivta school.
Lubavitch Mesivta's Rabbi Moshe Perlstein told the Chicago Sun-Times that cameras captured video of the men damaging his school at around 4:40 a.m. The footage shows one man spray-painting the side of the building while the other ran around to the front and threw rocks at the front door, breaking a glass window, he said. The video has been turned over to police.
Lincolnwood and Chicago police and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force will check whether there was a connection between Saturday's incidents and the December 29 throwing of a Molotov cocktail into Temple Sholom, one of Chicago's oldest and most ornate synagogues, in the Lakeview neighborhood.
The city's Ida Crown Jewish Academy high school received a mailed bomb threat two weeks ago that warned of attacks at other Chicago-area Jewish institutions, including day schools.
A pro-Israel rally was held at Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation on Sunday afternoon to respond to the spate of hate crimes and support Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. The synagogue's rabbi, Joel Lehrfield, called the perpetrators of the hate crime "cowardly thugs who support Hamas."
"We're more worried about Israel than we are about ourselves," Lehrfield said.
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago executive vice president Michael Kotzin said it was ironic that he was on a solidarity mission in southern Israel when he heard about the attacks back home.
"I wouldn't say that we're in the front lines in Chicago like here, but there are people who are hostile to and hate Jews here and there, and we have to address it," Kotzin said. "It's important that law enforcement takes it seriously. But we won't be frightened or intimidated, just like the people of Israel. Their behavior strengthens us."
You are a RACIST for posting this article.
Don’t you know our glorious Mooselimb immigrants are for freedom and to make this country a better place?
Islam is a gutter religion. It should not feel comfortable in the US.
Now that the “magic negro”, and closet muslim is going to be president, you can expect this to become fashionable here just like it is in europe.
(Not a hate crime, it’s against Jews/)
Hey you dummies, that was sarcasm.
I think that's irrelevant.
It’s about time something is done about these rogue Amish! /S
“these rogue Amish”
I’m thinking Dutch Calvinists.
It should not be allowed in the US.
They’re not anti-Semitic; they just want to desecrate all the Jews.
Hmmm. Lemme see. Chicago, home of Barack Obama. Hate crimes against Jews. Pro Palestinian, anti-Israel.
Coincidence? I think not.
While I understand your comment was sarcasm, I think there’s a real risk of religious persecution, as in the persecution of the religious, becoming fashionable. Of late, as I noted on the threads, it began with the disruption of Catholic and Mormon worship by homosexuality advocates. Attacks on Synagogues are more acceptable in the sense that “everyone” understands why they happen, but it’s the same thing. We’re seeing the European intolerance that led to the founding of this nation. Their denominational based, here secular (I don’t assume these were Muslims, if so religious) based, but the same threat. Anti-religion European secularism/paganism cost a few lives last century.
I agree, I think vandalism works just fine. Motivation being a legitimate factor in sentencing.
Amish vandals, who knew?
Finally someone that sees the truth... its obvious that freedom fighters such as these are only doing what they can to send a message of peace......
Obama certainly understands this, in fact they may be some of the very Chicago Obama trained supporters that campaigned so hard for him.
Palestine could be set adrift in the Atlantic and they would still be whining, “Free Palestine.” They exist to lob rockets, and THAT is where their freedom ends.
I’m starting to think we all need to pin yellow stars on our shirts, like the Danish King during WW2, tho.
Maybe our new brave and stalwart PEBO will lead the way?
Yeah, and as long as our stalwart defenders of free speech and free press, the MSM, continues to look the other way at “hate crimes & hate speech” against Jews, Mormons, and other people of faith, this will continue. It will just egg on the sick mindsets that permeate the radical left and its constituencies.
It’s going to get worse . . . much worse. Brace.
The “Religion of Peace” at work again. So glad we opened the door and let millions of filthy Arabs into our country so they can attack us from within!
Ah yes, the members of the wonderful religion of peace protesting violence by committing more violence.
I hear that the Navaho indian tribe has a real grievance going back 120 years or so.
More ROP devotees practicing their faith.
I doubt our founding fathers considered Islam eligible for 1st Amendment protection. Neither should we.
I hate radical islam and those who follow it.
Understand, I believe that if the muslims hit America again like they did on 9-11 that every muslim in America will become a target.
I also believe that there is a very small percentage of muslims that are radical and the vast majority just want to have better for themselves and their family.
If the U.S. suffers another hit, which will come with this punk as President, the authorities WILL step up and protect the “mosques” and those who go to them. However they refuse to protect Morman places of worship from fags. The authorities refuse to protect Catholic Churchs from abortion protesters etc.etc. etc.
I am a white Christian and I am just one of the milions of them that are angry.
Best be quick and stock your armory.
Things are gonna get hot.
Brownshirts active in this country.
“I think that’s irrelevant.”
What’s relevant is that his middle name is Hussein, and his dad and stepdad were Muslim.
Despite all the depredations that have been committed by Muslims, you don’t see mosques being desecrated in this country. That’s because we are civilized here.
Have some stalwart young men stationed outside these Synagogues and when evil comes looking for trouble, let them have it.
Good and hard!
He seems so far to be giving very mixed signals when talks of civilian casualties in both Israel and Palestine in the same sentence (the "even handed" approach). Unfortunately for him, Jews aren't vandalizing mosques in Chicago, so there is no wiggle room for him on the synagogue vandalism issue.
I married a Donnelly and so the children’s late grandfather was to them a poppopdonnelly.
I borrowed my grandfather’s nickname for my screen name. }:>)
American Jews vote overwhelmingly Democrat.
I’ve had this argument with my best friends who happen to be Jewish as to why.
The common answer is that they figure that whoever is POTUS even Jimmaaahh will support Israel.
They are petrified of Evangelicals in small town America. I’m getting closer to the truth. Don’t shoot the messenger.
And yet..... They vote demorats time after time.
When will they realize the truth?
So we now know 0bama has a ski mask .
Thats because we are civilized here.
Chicago Jews caused this so please exclude me from feeling sorry for them.
Vote Democrat, and this is what you get.
I agree but my fear is if attacked again 1/2 the country will blame Bush and think we deserve it
78% of (liberal) Jews voted for Obama. I like the other 22% and I support Israel a lot more than the 78% of half wits.
Israelis were for McCain by 3 to 1.
You're absolutely right. What could a filthy Chicago "community activist" named B. Hussain Obama, who scammed his way into the White House, have to do with a bunch of anti-semites?
The real hoot is that most small town evangelicals admire Jews because they are G-ds chosen people. I fear secular American Jews do not understand who their friends are.
] They support people who want to kill them instead of people who would give their lives for them. Go figure...
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