Maine Jewish community upset by cemetery swastikas

Posted Feb. 04, 2010, at 9:33 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Members of Maine’s Jewish community say they’re disgusted that someone spray painted swastikas on four headstones in a Portland cemetery.

Emily Chaleff of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine says the group hopes the people responsible for the vandalism are found and punished.

Chaleff says 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 painted on a message board outside a Portland synagogue.

The Portland Press Herald says the vandalism at the Mount Sinai Cemetery was reported Tuesday.

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