Swastikas Painted on Church, Synagogue in Oshkosh

| December 30, 2009

Black swastikas were found spray-painted on a Jewish temple and Methodist church in Oshkosh, and police say they're still looking for suspects.

The damage was discovered Christmas Eve at B'Nai Israel Congregation and Algoma Methodist Church.

Avi Stern is the president of the Jewish temple. He says the swastika is a symbol of hate, but he doesn't think the attack was anti-Semitic since a church was also damaged.

Police Sergeant Andrew Lecker says the vandalism could be considered a hate crime, which would enhance the range of penalties.

Most of the vandalism has been cleaned up, and Stern says the healing has already begun. He says he's inspired that a number of strangers have called and e-mailed to pledge their support.



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