Petah Tikva Great Synagogue Again Defaced With Swastikas

Worshipers arriving yesterday at the Great Synagogue in Petah Tikva found it desecrated with swastika graffiti on its walls and on prayer books. This is not the first time the synagogue has been desecrated. Police are investigating several possibilities, including that the vandalism was the work of Satan worshipers.

The synagogue's congregation left yesterday without praying, saying that the swastikas had offended them, that it was impossible for them to worship while looking at the Nazi emblem.

The chairman of the synagogue board, Avraham Dolberg, said vandals had broken in overnight and sprayed the walls and the holy ark.

"We entered the synagogue at 4:30 A.M. and witnessed horror, horror," he said. "People were standing there crying. They haven't witnessed such a thing in their lives: A synagogue sprayed on all sides, on all walls. There is not a single wall left without a swastika," he said. Dolberg said the vandals also attacked the Torah scroll.

The synagogue has been vandalized several times in recent months, mainly by children, but the vandalism had intensified over the past two months, to the extent that human excrement was found next to the holy ark.