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Mayor de Blasio to Attend Chanukah Lighting After Manhattan Menorah Vandalized and Smashed

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Carl Schurz Plaza. Photo: Wikipedia

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to join the Upper East Side Chabad and nearby Kehilath Jeshurun for the second night of Chanukah lighting, a day after vandals tore down and smashed the community’s menorah in Carl Schurz Park.

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime. They have offered a $2,500 reward for any information leading to a suspect’s arrest.

“Obviously, it was a hate crime,” UES Chabad Rabbi Ben Tzion Krasniasnki told The Algemeiner on Monday afternoon.

Kranianski said it was the first such incident in the eight years the two synagogues have carried on the tradition of lighting the menorah in the park together.

“It was around 9 ‘clock,” he said. “They smashed the menorah, they toppled the whole span, shattered the bulbs … All New Yorkers were horrified. People from the neighborhood passing by are upset.”

The congregations have responded by making the second night a “special lighting,” said Krasnianski, adding that de Blasio — whose home sits directly adjacent to the park — is scheduled to attend.

Rabbi Elie Weinstock of the Modern Orthodox Kehilath Jeshurun told The Algemeiner that some pieces of the old menorah had to be replaced. “It’s shocking and we don’t know why somebody would do it, but it just strengthens our resolve,” he said.

Police said the menorah was actually vandalized twice over the weekend. Weinstock said he was told it was knocked over Friday night, but stood back up before morning. Then, it was vandalized again on Sunday, as Jews around the world celebrated the first night of the holiday.

The Anti-Defamation League said it was troubled by the incident. “ADL recently expressed concern over anti-Semitic incidents that have taken place across the five boroughs, including two assaults, one in Brooklyn and another in Manhattan, as well as an incident of anti-Semitic harassment outside of a synagogue in Brooklyn,” the group said in a statement.

Weinstock noted that there was a police presence the first night, when about 1,000 people came out to celebrate with food, singing and dancing, and he said there would probably be a stronger presence on Monday, especially because of the mayor’s visit.

“This is the whole message of Chanukah,” said a defiant Kranianski. “This is how we respond to darkness, we intensify the light … The light will always triumph over darkness.”

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  • Don’t Mess With Israel

    Don’t Mess With Israel

  • I’m sure following the advice of the ADL, the OU, and other leftist Jews to allow more Syrian Muslims into the country will help reduce anti-Semitism among Muslims.

  • Abu Nudnik

    Who blew up the giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan and why?
    Who defiled the Church of the Nativity and why?
    Who took over the Temple of Ram by violence and turned it into a mosque?

    We don’t know who would do such a thing and why.

  • Amnon

    Why are the Jews complaining they are the worst enemy of the Jews specially the elected democrats in Congress and Senate ,stop voting anti Israel and anti Jewish representatives and you will get less incidents of antisemitism in America.You have to remember the names of the Jews that gave Obama green light for the accord whit Iran.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    57% of the hate crimes last year were against Jews.

    Can you imagine how many more of them will be committed if the Syrians are allowed in?

    This is a nation that doomed millions of Jews to a horrible death in the 1930’s-1940’s all because they hate Jews.

    The Jews in FDR’s cabinet including wealthy Bernard Baruch did nothing because FDR told them he didn’t want to be bothered abouit Jews.

    Now the Menorah was destroyed. Where are thousands of Jews marching in protest? Where are thousands of armed Jews ready to defend the Memorah?

    SILENCE! You better wake up fast. Did you know that HIAS and the Reform Jews wants Congress to bring the Syrians here and they are actively lobbying for them to come.


  • Israel P.

    “we don’t know why somebody would do it”



  • And the American Jews, especially the younger generation think they don’t need Israel! The Jews of America are not immune from antisemitism. It may never PG get to the proportions of Nazi Germany, but it could be pretty serious.

  • len

    Anybody want to start an organization to prevent these things from happening and to combat the rise of Anti-Semitism in this city and country? We can call it the Jewish Defense League!

  • steven L

    The Pr. insists for SEVEN years that the Muslims are the major target and victim f religious hate. He espouses the Islamic fanatical message and encourage the Islamists. In this he has the full support of the liberals.

  • noanoa

    Most likely done by Cowardly Muslims

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    • A. Peck


      Please don’t tell me you think it is normal to advertise your book in the middle of discussions about anti-semitic terrorism!


  • yussi

    Where is Rabbi Kahane and the JDL when we need him..Its time for less talking ,less understanding and who cares why those savages do things like this. Its time to let them know that these actions will result in serious consequences.

  • Susan Panse

    Stand proud!