On a summer Sabbath day, Elie Rosen, President of the Jewish Community of Graz,spotteda suspicious man hanging around the synagogue. The synagogue had recently been vandalized and the man had a backpack full of rocks that he was about to start throwing at the synagogue.
After the synagogue had been vandalized a few days earlier, Rosen hadwarnedthat in the Austrian city, “we are dealing with a stronger left wing and anti-Israel antisemitism,”
Rosen’s concern was understandable since some of the graffiti smeared on the wall around the synagogue read, “Free Palestine” and “Our language and our country is Palestine”. A second attack by the same perpetrator on the Sabbath Eve had smashed the synagogue’s windows.
The wall that the Islamic attacker had vandalized was made out of bricks from the ruins of the original Graz synagogue that had been destroyed by the National Socialists. The synagogue…
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