Unknown assailants sprayed swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti on a synagogue in Rishon Lezion. Worshippers arriving at the synagogue Sunday morning found the Nazi symbols and filed a complaint with the police. "We are simply horrified," one of worshippers said.
The synagogue in question belongs to the Chabad stream, and is attended mainly by seniors, including Holocaust survivors.
The assailants seemingly entered the location over night through its gates, which were open. They sprayed swastikas and the words: "Go back to Poland" near the ritual hand washing area.
The synagogue's director was the first to notice the graffiti, when he entered the site around 6 am. He quickly phoned several worshippers, and then went to the local police station to file a complaint.
Worshippers who arrived after him also saw the graffiti and swastikas, and were shocked.
"There are many worshippers who experienced the Holocaust period first hand," said Sharon Goshan, one of the worshipers. "We were shocked to see that there are still such expressions of anti-Semitism in the State of Israel. We hope the police catch those behind the graffiti very quickly."
He added, "The absurd thing is that the graffiti was sprayed on a Chabad synagogue, which is known not to discriminate between Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews, and accepts everybody equally, regardless of color, race or gender."