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Chicago synagogues hit by hate crime spree
Jerusalem Post ^ | 1-11-09 | GIL HOFFMAN

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."


TOPICS: Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; US: Illinois; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chicago; immigration; immigrationjews; islam; jews; muslims; obamathugs; sandnazis
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1 posted on 01/11/2009 2:15:50 PM PST by SJackson
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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2 posted on 01/11/2009 2:16:44 PM PST by SJackson (The American people are wise in wanting change, 2 terms is plenty, Condi Rice)
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To: SJackson

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?


3 posted on 01/11/2009 2:19:10 PM PST by GOPGuide
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To: SJackson

Islam is a gutter religion. It should not feel comfortable in the US.


4 posted on 01/11/2009 2:19:19 PM PST by Jacquerie (Islam is a barbaric political and social system in religious drag.)
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To: SJackson
Feeling a little confident now a Chicago Politician will step in the Oval Office, eh?
5 posted on 01/11/2009 2:19:21 PM PST by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven and proud to be a Coast Guard Auxiliarist)
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To: SJackson

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.


6 posted on 01/11/2009 2:20:52 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: GAB-1955
Feeling a little confident now a Chicago Politician will step in the Oval Office, eh?

I think that's irrelevant.

7 posted on 01/11/2009 2:21:00 PM PST by SJackson (The American people are wise in wanting change, 2 terms is plenty, Condi Rice)
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To: SJackson

It’s about time something is done about these rogue Amish! /S


8 posted on 01/11/2009 2:21:13 PM PST by rocksblues (Sarah and Joe, Real Americans!)
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To: rocksblues

“these rogue Amish”

I’m thinking Dutch Calvinists.


9 posted on 01/11/2009 2:22:01 PM PST by GOPGuide
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To: Jacquerie

It should not be allowed in the US.


10 posted on 01/11/2009 2:22:04 PM PST by abclily
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To: SJackson

IslamoNazi KrystalNacht.


11 posted on 01/11/2009 2:22:36 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: GOPGuide

They’re not anti-Semitic; they just want to desecrate all the Jews.


13 posted on 01/11/2009 2:23:55 PM PST by AmericanVictory
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To: SJackson

Hmmm. Lemme see. Chicago, home of Barack Obama. Hate crimes against Jews. Pro Palestinian, anti-Israel.

Coincidence? I think not.


14 posted on 01/11/2009 2:23:55 PM PST by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: Joe Boucher

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.


15 posted on 01/11/2009 2:26:31 PM PST by SJackson (The American people are wise in wanting change, 2 terms is plenty, Condi Rice)
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To: The Bat Man
It can't be a hate crime unless the victims are black, gay, or imaginary.

I agree, I think vandalism works just fine. Motivation being a legitimate factor in sentencing.

16 posted on 01/11/2009 2:27:36 PM PST by SJackson (The American people are wise in wanting change, 2 terms is plenty, Condi Rice)
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To: SJackson

Amish vandals, who knew?


17 posted on 01/11/2009 2:28:28 PM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: GOPGuide

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.


18 posted on 01/11/2009 2:30:00 PM PST by tomnbeverly ("In the hour of darkness and peril and need, the people will waken to listen and hear.....)
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To: SJackson
This is one of the synagogues with the graffiti.


19 posted on 01/11/2009 2:31:17 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: SJackson

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?


20 posted on 01/11/2009 2:31:26 PM PST by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: Joe Boucher

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.


21 posted on 01/11/2009 2:32:00 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: SJackson

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!


22 posted on 01/11/2009 2:36:06 PM PST by Astronaut
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To: SJackson

Ah yes, the members of the wonderful religion of peace protesting violence by committing more violence.


23 posted on 01/11/2009 2:36:48 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (liberalism = serious mental deficiency)
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To: GOPGuide

I hear that the Navaho indian tribe has a real grievance going back 120 years or so.


24 posted on 01/11/2009 2:41:14 PM PST by rocksblues (Sarah and Joe, Real Americans!)
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To: SJackson
Synagogue with broken glass:


25 posted on 01/11/2009 2:41:41 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: SJackson

More ROP devotees practicing their faith.


26 posted on 01/11/2009 2:45:17 PM PST by citizen (Fascism: All persons, capital & activities exist to support the will & best interests of the State.)
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To: abclily

I doubt our founding fathers considered Islam eligible for 1st Amendment protection. Neither should we.


27 posted on 01/11/2009 2:47:00 PM PST by Jacquerie (Islam is a barbaric political and social system in religious drag.)
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To: SJackson
American Jews voted for Obama. I'll try to care what happens to American Jews when I'm not so busy scratching my butt.

28 posted on 01/11/2009 2:53:15 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: SJackson
With Oreo as HNIC, I think we can expect more outbreaks in the hood, unfortunately. Terrorist
29 posted on 01/11/2009 2:56:34 PM PST by Larousse2 (Like June Carter Cash, "I'm just tryin' to matter.")
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To: SJackson

SJackson,
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.


30 posted on 01/11/2009 2:56:55 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Best be quick and stock your armory.
Things are gonna get hot.


31 posted on 01/11/2009 2:58:59 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: SJackson

Brownshirts active in this country.


32 posted on 01/11/2009 3:22:44 PM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: SJackson

“I think that’s irrelevant.”

What’s relevant is that his middle name is Hussein, and his dad and stepdad were Muslim.


33 posted on 01/11/2009 3:24:03 PM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: AmericanVictory

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.


34 posted on 01/11/2009 3:25:33 PM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: SJackson
Self defense is a G_D given right.

Have some stalwart young men stationed outside these Synagogues and when evil comes looking for trouble, let them have it.

Good and hard!

35 posted on 01/11/2009 3:33:51 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg
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To: SJackson; ChicagoHebrew
Just wondering if "Osama" Obama will speak out forcefully against this stuff, since it is occurring in his hometown and its suburbs. Or will he tiptoe around it or just neglect it to appease his Arabist buddies?

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.

36 posted on 01/11/2009 3:41:37 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: popdonnelly
"That’s because we are civilized here"

Don't agree, I say it's because we are wusses here.

I say we should be worse than our enemy, not better. Don't confuse righteous attacks against evil with evil attacks against righteousness even if they look the same.


37 posted on 01/11/2009 3:48:00 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: popdonnelly

I married a Donnelly and so the children’s late grandfather was to them a poppopdonnelly.


38 posted on 01/11/2009 3:58:56 PM PST by AmericanVictory
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To: AmericanVictory

I borrowed my grandfather’s nickname for my screen name. }:>)


39 posted on 01/11/2009 4:06:49 PM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: SJackson

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.


40 posted on 01/11/2009 4:09:00 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

And yet..... They vote demorats time after time.

When will they realize the truth?


41 posted on 01/11/2009 4:18:37 PM PST by Glacier Honey
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To: SJackson

So we now know 0bama has a ski mask .


42 posted on 01/11/2009 4:34:35 PM PST by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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To: popdonnelly

That’s because we are civilized here.

For now


43 posted on 01/11/2009 4:40:07 PM PST by lookout88 (Combat search and rescue officer's dad.)
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To: SJackson
"We’re seeing the European intolerance that led to the founding of this nation."

Agreed. And that's why we need to crack down harder on that than simply opportunistic or impulsive crimes.


44 posted on 01/11/2009 4:53:09 PM PST by familyop (combat engineer (combat), National Guard, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: Jacquerie
Islam is a gutter religion

Worse than pagan. A religion that calls for blood sacrifice is a religion of Satan.
45 posted on 01/11/2009 4:56:03 PM PST by SisterK (the UN Headquarters needs to relocate to Iran)
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To: SJackson

Chicago Jews caused this so please exclude me from feeling sorry for them.

Vote Democrat, and this is what you get.


46 posted on 01/11/2009 5:25:56 PM PST by Morgan in Denver ( Obama & Biden = Beevis & Butthead)
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To: Joe Boucher

I agree but my fear is if attacked again 1/2 the country will blame Bush and think we deserve it


47 posted on 01/11/2009 5:41:56 PM PST by Glacier Honey
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To: GAB-1955

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.


48 posted on 01/11/2009 7:24:11 PM PST by Frantzie
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To: SJackson
Let's see.
Jesse "hymietown" Jackson, Home town, Chicago.
Elijah Muhammad, Founder, Nation of Islam. Hometown: Chicago
Louis Farrakahn, Current Head, Nation of Islam. Hometown: Chicago
Rev. Jeramiah Wright, Hometown: Chicago

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?

49 posted on 01/11/2009 7:52:10 PM PST by jonascord (Hurray! for the Bonny Blue Flag that bears the Single Star!)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
They voted for the color of his skin, not the content of his character.

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...

50 posted on 01/11/2009 8:05:06 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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