Hate graf­fiti and knife found at re­form sy­n­a­gogue in Raanana

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

JERUSALEM (AP): HATE GRAF­FITI against lib­eral streams of Ju­daism was found yes­ter­day, sprawled on the walls of a re­form sy­n­a­gogue in the Is­raeli city of Raanana, and death threats ad­dressed to some re­form lead­ers were found at the scene, along with a knife.

Po­lice spokesman Micky Rosen­feld said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way.

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu con­demned the van­dal­ism. “Such acts have no place in our free so­ci­ety,” he said in a state­ment.

Pho­to­graphs in the Haaretz news­pa­per show en­velopes with names of some of the lead­ers, in­clud­ing the pres­i­dent of Amer­ica’s Union for Re­form Ju­daism, Rabbi Rick Ja­cobs, and also Anat Hoff­man, the chair of Women of the Wall.

Hoff­man’s group is push­ing for equal rights for non-or­tho­dox streams of Ju­daism at the West­ern Wall in Jerusalem, the holi­est site where Jews can pray.


The site is ad­min­is­tered by ul­tra­Ortho­dox author­i­ties, who have a mo­nop­oly over re­li­gious af­fairs in Is­rael and op­pose mixed-gen­der or fe­male-led prayers.

Is­rael’s Cab­i­net voted this year to build a new plaza for mixed-gen­der prayer at the West­ern Wall, ad­ja­cent to the cur­rent Or­tho­dox prayer plaza. It was viewed as a vic­tory for lib­eral streams of Ju­daism, but re­li­gious el­e­ments in Ne­tanyahu’s coali­tion govern­ment op­pose the plan.

The de­lays in im­ple­ment­ing the deal have added to strains be­tween Ne­tanyahu’s govern­ment and the lib­eral streams of Ju­daism that are dom­i­nant in the United States.

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