Mural painting near a synagogue and a Jewish school is covered with a swastika
- A street wall in a suburb of Melbourne has been made illegible with a Nazi swastika
- The painting was only two blocks away from the Jewish school of the synagogue
- The damaged wall painting is also less than a kilometer from a Holocaust museum
- It happened in Elwood, Australia's second highest Jewish population
A mural was made illegible with a Nazi swastika, just two blocks away from a synagogue and a Jewish school – and near a holocaust center.
A Jewish man saw the confronting graffiti in Elwood, in the bay of Melbourne in the southeast, as he walked to his local place of prayer.
A painting of a boy with a cane was made illegible with a red Nazi swastika on his right arm and the numbers 666 on his shirt in reference to the devil.
Red paint was also daubed on his lips to resemble a Chucky doll, with & # 39; Child & # 39; s Play & # 39 ;, the title of a 1988 horror movie, also tagged on the mural.
A mural (photo) has been removed with a Nazi swastika, just two blocks away from a synagogue and a Jewish school and less than a kilometer from a holocaust center. A Jewish man saw the confronting graffiti in Elwood, in the bay of Melbourne in the southeast as he walked to his local place of worship
The graffiti on Milton Street was noticed on Wednesday by a Jewish man on his way to the Elwood Shule synagogue in Dickens Street, just two blocks away.
The Orthodox Synagogue is located in the same complex as the Hebdi Elwood Hebrew School.
The Nazi symbol was also painted on a street wall less than a kilometer from the Jewish Holocaust Center.
Elwood and neighboring Elsternwick have the highest concentration of Jews in Australia outside of Woollahra and Vaucluse in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, according to Census figures.
Dr. Dvir Abramovich, the president of the Anti-Defamation Commission – a Jewish group, said the mean, anti-Semitic graffiti was clearly designed to intimidate Jewish children.
& # 39; Another day, another nauseating and horrifying incident of swastika vandalism in Melbourne, this time aimed at children walking to school, & # 39; he said to Daily Mail Australia on Friday.
& # 39; I never thought I'd say this, but this will be the norm. & # 39;
Dr. Abramovich described the graffiti as a reminder that anti-Semitism was on the rise, with Nazi sympathizers eager to make Hitler's torch of hatred burn & # 39 ;.
The graffiti on Milton Street was noticed Wednesday night by a Jewish man on his way to the Elwood Shule synagogue in Dickens Street, just two blocks away (depicted are Elwood Shule rabbis with Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews)
& # 39; This is not just graffiti on a wall – it is an attack on all of us and on our shared values of trust, freedom and mutual respect, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; We cannot abandon our caution when white supremacists walk in the streets with malicious intentions in their hearts.
& # 39; The nasty rush of neo-Nazi defacement that appears with alarming regularity must be stopped, and we hope that those responsible are caught and held responsible for their bad deeds. & # 39;
The city of Port Phillip Mayor Dick Gross, who is Jewish, said his council removed the graffiti within four hours of reporting, with the owner's permission.
& # 39; This is disgusting and for me, a Jew, traumatic & # 39 ;, he told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; It is close to a synagogue that has traditionally been the place of worship for Holocaust survivors.
& # 39; As a member of the Jewish community I have offered volunteer safety for this synagogue. It's terrible. & # 39;
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