Posters of kidnapped Israelis were defaced in Newton last weekend.

Posters of kidnapped Israelis, lawn signs supporting Israel defaced in Newton

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Posters of kidnapped Israelis, lawn signs supporting Israel defaced in Newton

Posters of kidnapped Israelis were defaced in Newton last weekend.

Newton Police are investigating a spate of hate crimes against residents who displayed posters and signs supporting Israel.

On Sunday, posters of kidnapped Israelis that had been placed by a homeowner on their 100-foot long fence on Homer Street were sprayed with black paint, and the words “Free Gaza” were written on them.

“It is being treated as a hate crime,” said Newton Police Lieutenant Amanda Henrickson., who added that in early March three “We stand with Israel” lawn signs on three homeowners’ properties had also been defaced and were also being treated as hate crimes. “They’re specifically anti-Jewish,” she said.

Also last week, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said that a rock was thrown through a front door window of a home with a sign supporting Israel. “We as a community must stand together to condemn antisemitism and acts of hate and violence against anyone,” she said in a statement.

Added Newton Police Chief John Carmichael, “We denounce such behavior, and our community has no tolerance for such bias and hateful acts. We will investigate the matter fully and seek to prosecute anyone involved … If you have any information, please contact the Newton Police Tip Line 617-796-2121.” Θ

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