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October 8, 2018 10:09 am

JCC in Fairfax, Va., Vandalized With 19 Painted Swastikas

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Swastikas spray painted on the JCC in Fairfax. Photo: Twitter/Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.

JNS.org – A Jewish Community Center in Fairfax, Va., was vandalized with 19 spray-painted swastikas early Saturday morning.

Building staff noticed the building had been vandalized when they arrived to open the facility at 7 a.m. Security camera footage showed a suspect defacing the center at around 4:30 a.m, and local authorities released photos to the public.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine tweeted that an “insidious rise in hateful actions and antisemitism” must be met with “fierce condemnation and an over-abundance of love and unity.”

In 2017, the same JCC was spray-painted with the message “Hitler was right,” swastikas and other Nazi symbolism.

JCC leadership released a statement saying, “as many of us recognize, these acts do not represent the community around the J[CC] or the community in Northern Virginia. The J[CC] as a whole, and particularly through the focused efforts of our Committee for a Just and Caring Community, will continue to participate as a positive force in both the Jewish and wider communities.”

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