Bos­ton Holo­caust Me­mo­rial van­dal­ized for the sec­ond time this sum­mer

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(JNS.org) The Bos­ton-based New Eng­land Holo­caust Me­mo­rial was van­dal­ized Mon­day for the sec­ond time this sum­mer.

A 17-year-old male re­port­edly threw a rock at one of the me­mo­rial’s glass pan­els, shat­ter­ing it to pieces, be­fore be­ing tack­led by two by­standers and held at the scene un­til po­lice ar­rived.

The sus­pect was charged with will­ful de­struc­tion of prop­erty, and po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the van­dal­ism will be clas­si­fied as a hate crime.

“To­day and ev­ery day Bos­ton stands up against hate. I’m sad­dened to see such a de­spi­ca­ble ac­tion in this great city,” Bos­ton Mayor Martin J. Walsh wrote on Twit­ter.

“It’s shock­ing and it’s par­tic­u­larly shock­ing for us in the Jewish com­mu­nity, com­ing as it does in a week in which so many of us spent our week­end watch­ing Nazis march­ing in Vir­ginia,” said Jeremy Bur­ton, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the area’s Jewish Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Coun­cil, the Bos­ton Globe re­ported.

Mon­day’s in­ci­dent oc­curred just two days af­ter white su­prem­a­cists dis­play­ing Nazi sym­bols staged a vi­o­lent rally in Char­lottesville, Va., which saw a 32-yearold woman killed and 19 in­jured when Ohio res­i­dent James Alex Fields Jr. rammed his ve­hi­cle into a crowd of counter-pro­test­ers.

In mid-July, hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered in Bos­ton to reded­i­cate the me­mo­rial af­ter it was van­dal­ized in late June. The prime sus­pect, James E. Isaac, 21, was charged with will­ful and ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty as well as de­struc­tion of a place of me­mo­rial.

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