Monday, August 28, 2017

Hate Crime

Bail set at $50,000 for suspect who urinated on Northeast Philly synagogue's front door
Excerpt: The man suspected of urinating on the front door of a Northeast Philadelphia synagogue and giving the finger to a security camera recording the act was arraigned on a host of charges Wednesday, including ethnic intimidation and indecent exposure. Police said bail for Sheidali Dzhalilov was set at $50,000, but it was unclear Wednesday night whether he was still in custody. ... In an interview Wednesday night, Rabbi Solomon Isaacson, founder of Beth Solomon, said he was relieved that a suspect was in custody. Beth Solomon has been vandalized two other times within the last 12 months. In September, a menorah was taken from outside the building, and in January, someone spray-painted graffiti on the wall of a nearby shopping center where the synagogue’s ritual bath is housed. “This was definitely a hate crime,” Isaacson said. “I hope they prosecute this as a hate crime and not as some misdemeanor.”

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