Shalom Life | September 02, 2014

Jewish Agency Building Vandalized in Russia

Swastikas spray-painted, ‘Everyone to Buchenwald’ written on buildings

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: July 5th, 2012 in News » World

Jewish Agency Building Vandalized in Russia

The Jewish Agency for Israel building in St. Petersburg, Russia was vandalized earlier this week, as workers discovered it was spray-painted with anti-Semitic graffiti on Sunday morning, according to Ynetnews.

The graffiti included swastikas drawn on the Jewish Agency office building and the words “Everyone to Buchenwald” painted in large letters on the outside of nearby facing building.

One of the swastikas was also painted next to a sign for the Jewish University, a local Jewish organization housed in the same building as the Jewish Agency.

The agency is located in one of St. Petersburg’s central neighbourhoods. The city is home to several local Jewish organizations and approximately 100,000 Jews.

However, there is no sign indicating the presence of the Jewish Agency there, according to the JTA.

In the past, Jewish tombstones have been desecrated in the Russian city, and an explosive device was once placed outside a local synagogue.

“In recent days, we have witnessed a surge in anti-Semitic incidents, primarily in Western Europe,” said Amon Hermon, head of The Jewish Agency Task Force on Anti-Semitism.

These incidents included a recent assault by three people on a rabbi in France while he was riding the subway. A yeshiva student was also recently assaulted by four men in London while Jewish cemeteries were desecrated in Germany.

In Riga, Latvia on Wednesday, a demonstration by hundreds of nationalists took place opposing Holocaust commemoration during an educational Holocaust remembrance event outside the city’s Great Synagogue.

“The incidents generally involve hateful graffiti targeting Jews, but some have also included violence,” said Hermon. The Jewish Agency will continue to work with Jewish communities in order to combat anti-Semitic and anti-Israel phenomena around the world.”

An Amulet a Son Gave to His Mother During the Holocaust Has Been Uncovered An Amulet a Son Gave to His Mother During the Holocaust Has Been Uncovered TrendingWhat You Missed in the News: August 25 - September 1 What You Missed in the News: August 25 - September 1 TrendingSpanish Imam Asks Allah to Destroy All the Jews [VIDEO] Spanish Imam Asks Allah to Destroy All the Jews [VIDEO] Trending
 

Lea Michele to Join Season 4 of ‘American Horror Story’?

September 01, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Lea Michele to Join Season 4 of ‘American Horror Story’?

The 'Glee' actress is rumored to join 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'.

Read More

Melissa Rivers is “Keeping Fingers Crossed” For Joan’s Recovery

September 01, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Melissa Rivers is “Keeping Fingers Crossed” For Joan’s Recovery

The 81-year-old comedian has been in a medically induced coma since Friday.

Read More

Lena Dunham: Leaking Nude Photos is a Sex Offense

September 01, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Lena Dunham: Leaking Nude Photos is a Sex Offense

The 'Girls' creator urges her fans not to look at the recently leaked nude photos of fellow celebrities.

Read More

Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ A Secret Weapon For NBA Stars

September 01, 2014 | By Robert Gluck
Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ A Secret Weapon For NBA Stars

Idan Ravin's new book, "The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball's Best Players," details his rise from a Jewish upbringing to becoming a well-respected figure in NBA circles

Read More

Israeli Company Hopes to Find Real Treatment for ALS

September 01, 2014 | By Maya Yarowsky and Anouk Lorie, NoCamels
Israeli Company Hopes to Find Real Treatment for ALS

BrainStorm looks beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge to treat Lou Gehrig's Disease with their NurOwn treatment

Read More

An Amulet a Son Gave to His Mother During the Holocaust Has Been Uncovered

September 01, 2014 | By Itamar Aichner, Yedioth Aharonot
An Amulet a Son Gave to His Mother During the Holocaust Has Been Uncovered

Unearthed in the ruins of the Lodz ghetto, the amulet reads 'With love, Avram'

Read More

What You Missed in the News: August 25 - September 1

September 01, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
What You Missed in the News: August 25 - September 1

Our Top Stories this week SodaStream, Howard Stern, Curb Your Enthusiasm, ReWalk, Shoes by Jews, and more

Read More

The Ten Best Curb Your Enthusiasm Episodes

August 29, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau & Daniel Koren
The Ten Best Curb Your Enthusiasm Episodes

While Season 9 may be a mere fallacy, we do have 8 seasons of Larry David's hilariously awkward comedy to keep us company

Read More

More Headlines