Jerusalem Post is reporting that RAMMSTEIN — "the name of a German heavy metal band who some associate with neo-Nazism" — was spray-painted on the floor of the Great Synagogue in Petah Tikva (a city in the west of the Center District of Israel, north-east of Tel Aviv), which was broken into and desecrated on Thursday morning (May 4).
The perpetrators drew swastikas on the walls, on the ark and on Torah Scrolls. [Photo#1, Photo#2]
They also wrote "Hitler" on the doors of the synagogue and flung the contents of the ark onto the floor.
They covered every Jewish symbol with spray paint and drew the symbol of a known devil worship cult on the synagogue's walls.
Detectives took photographs and fingerprints from the scene and police are investigating the incident.
This was not the first time that vandals had desecrated the 100-year-old synagogue.
In July 2005, the government opposed a proposal by Shinui MKs to strip individuals engaged in neo-Nazi activities of their citizenship.
The bill was submitted following reports of non-Jewish Russian-speaking immigrants who have become involved in neo-Nazi activity in Israel.
Earlier that year a Russian-born IDF soldier with a swastika tattoo on his left arm, who admitted to maintaining contacts with neo-Nazi groups abroad, was arrested in Ariel. His mother was also detained for questioning after she spoke of her hatred for Israel and expressed support for neo-Nazis.
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