Shocked parishioners find swastikas daubed on Tel Aviv synagogue

Police launch probe, investigators collect forensic evidence from scene, hoping to catch perpetrators; incident comes just weeks after two Bnei Brak houses of prayer vandalized in similar fashion

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A synagogue in Tel Aviv's Shapira neighborhood was vandalized with swastikas overnight Wednesday.
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  • Parishioners who arrived at the synagogue Thursday morning were shocked to find two swastikas drawn on its front door with a blue pen and called the police.
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    צלבי קרס רוססו על בית כנסת בשכונת שפירא בתל אביב
    צלבי קרס רוססו על בית כנסת בשכונת שפירא בתל אביב
    Swastikas scrawled on front door of Tel Aviv synagogue
    (Photo: Israel Police)
    Israel Police said in a statement that it had launched an investigation into the incident and investigators collected forensic evidence from the scene in order to catch the perpetrators.
    The incident is the latest in a spat of recent anti-Semitic events targeting Jewish houses of prayer across Israel.
    Earlier in August, swastikas were tagged on the walls of two synagogues in the Haredi city of Bnei Brak.
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    השחתת בית הכנסת בבני ברק
    השחתת בית הכנסת בבני ברק
    A swastika painted on a Bnei Brak synagogue
    Photos of teenager Shira Banki, who was murdered by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man during the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade in 2015, were placed outside the entrance to one of the synagogues.
    The incident was widely condemned, with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett calling it "a serious act of hatred and incitement."
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