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Jewish Suspects Arrested Over Swastika Graffiti on Synagogues

A swastika found on the wall of a synagogue in the central Israeli city of Petah Tikva, June 3, 2017. PHOTO: The Times of Israel/Police spokesperson

Police believe two teenagers were behind paint attacks in Petah Tikva

By Stuart Winer and Judah Ari Gross | 11 June 2017

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL — Police said Sunday that they had arrested two teenagers on suspicion of daubing swastikas on two synagogues in the central town of Petah Tikva.

A police source confirmed to The Times of Israel that the suspects, 17, from Petah Tikva and Haifa, are both Jewish.

On June 3, police received a report that a swastika had been sprayed on the walls of a synagogue on Sokolov Street in Petah Tikva, and another synagogue on Usishkin Street in the city, police said in a statement.

An investigation was opened that led to the arrests of the two minors. The investigation is continuing, police said.

In April police launched an investigation after Nazi images appeared as screensavers on computers in a school in Petah Tikva. […]

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