• Anti-Semitic graffiti found at a NH park located near synagogue

    By: Jim Morelli

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    MANCHESTER, N.H. - As the Jewish community is still reeling from the past weekend's deadly attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, another anti-Semitic blow struck in New Hampshire. 

    On the floor of a marble gazebo in Manchester's Wagner Park, was a large drawing of a swastika. 

    Before it was erased by members of the community, the graffiti was large enough to cover the gazebo's floor. 

    Right down the street is a synagogue -- but whether or not there was a synagogue nearby or not, Jewish leaders say the vandalism is troubling.

    Not only does it come after the massacre in Pittsburgh where 11 people lost their lives, but it shows the rise of anti-Semitism in America. 

    The graffiti could have been the work of teenagers who don't know any better, though that isn't necessarily a cause of comfort for the community. 

    "If it is teenagers who don't know what they're replicating -- the fact that a symbol of hatred and violence and intolerance has made it into their language and they don't know what they're copying -- is a horribly scary message," said Rabbi Beth D. Davidson of Temple Adath Yeshurun.

    Manchester Police have not made any arrests yet. In fact, the graffiti incident at this park was one of several over the past weekend, not all of which were anti-Semitic. 

     

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