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Cemetery vandals paint swastikas

Jewish community reacts

in anger to the desecration

of headstones in Mount Carmel

PORTLAND — The discovery of swastikas spray-painted on four headstones in a Jewish cemetery this week has revolted the region’s Jewish community.

Emily Chaleff, executive director of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, issued a statement Wednesday saying the alliance hopes the vandals are found and punished.

“It is hard to express in strong enough terms the disgust of the Jewish community at such an act of desecration,” Chaleff said. “The cemetery is hallowed ground and the sanctity of that space has been violated by a universal symbol of hate and intolerance, a symbol of particular loathing to the Jewish community.”

Almost a year ago, a swastika was spray-painted in black on a message board outside Temple Shaarey Tphiloh in Portland.

Click on the link to read the rest of today’s story by Dennis Hoey of the Portland Press Herald.