Kiryat Yam Mayor’s Car Torched After He Criticized Hate Crimes

David Even Zur, mayor of northern Israeli city, pleaded for tolerance on his Facebook page.

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Kiryat Yam Mayor David Even Zur's torched car, August 2, 2015.
Kiryat Yam Mayor David Even Zur's torched car, August 2, 2015.Credit: Israel Fire and Rescue Services - Shore District (Courtesy)
Noa Shpigel
Noa Shpigel

Kiryat Yam Mayor David Even Zur’s car was torched Saturday night while it was parked by his house. Nobody was hurt, but the car suffered serious damage. Police believe a bomb was planted in the car and advised the municipality to provide a bodyguard for the mayor.

A municipal spokesman said there have been no previous threats against Even Zur, and therefore municipal officials believe the bombing was a hate crime in response to the mayor’s Facebook post on Friday.

“On Tu B’Av, the festival of love, when around us we are seeing more and more displays of hatred and violence that make us all cringe, we must love and respect each other,” he wrote. “This is the time to remember the most important commandment, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself,’ which encapsulates the entire Torah. Let’s stop hating, quarreling and fighting ... and, as it says in the book of Psalms, ‘Turn from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it.’”

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