Police have opened an investigation into an incident in which anti-Semitic graffiti were scrawled on the walls of a shul in Tel Aviv. The graffiti appear to include an image of Hitler. Other scrawlings included epithets in English and Hebrew. Among the phrases: “Hitler was Jewish.”
The shul is located on Aharon Chelouche Street in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood in the southern part of the city. Once a run-down industrial neighborhood, Neve Tzedek has gentrified over the past decade, and has become one of the most desirable sections of the city.
The graffiti were found on the exterior of the building. According to the police, there was no damage to the interior of the building. Recently, several similar incidents were found to have been perpetrated by gangs of Arab youth wandering the city, and by children from families which immigrated to Israel from the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Police promised a “thorough investigation to track down the perpetrators of this heinous act.”