May 27, 2020

Texas synagogue vandalized

Temple Emanuel synagogue in McAllen experienced vandalism 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 / (Dina Arévalo | The Monitor)
McAllen, TX - An arrest has been made in at least one of the three cases of vandalizing at places of worship in Hidalgo County. According to Lt. Joel Morales of the McAllen Police Department, a woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the vandalism involving at least one of the three locations, a synagogue in McAllen.

Morales did not reveal much more, other than she’s in custody and charges are pending. The arrest comes after the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle was vandalized during the wee hours of early Tuesday morning with several references of the occult and with antisemitic imagery.

The front doors of the basilica were defaced with spray-painted words including “WITCH,” “HADES,” “RAPEST,” “NEW YORK KILLER” and other random phrases and words, and a swastika.

Nearly identical markings were also spray-painted at the Temple Emanuel synagogue in McAllen and the Shri Nanak Center & Shiv Shakti Temple in Edinburg.

Graffiti is seen outside the Shri Nanak Center Hindu temple in Edinburg Tuesday. The San Juan basilica and the Temple Emmanuel synagogue in McAllen were similarly vandalized overnight Tuesday.
 (Dina Arévalo | darevalo@mvtcnews.com)
The Temple Emanuel synagogue in McAllen experienced vandalism Tuesday, May 26, 2020, similar to what was seen at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle: the words “WITCH,” “HADES,” and other references to the occult spray-painted along with a swastika. 
(Dina Arévalo | The Monitor)

The Shri Nanak Center & Shiv Shakti Temple in Edinburg was one of three places of worship that experienced vandalism Tuesday, May 26, 2020. 
(Dina Arévalo | The Monitor)

Source: The monitor