Sunday, December 25, 2005

Anti-Semitism - alive and well in cali

From here:

A public menorah erected on an Orange County town green to encourage understanding about Judaism and Hanukkah was destroyed by vandals.

The 150-pound menorah, which was 15 feet high and 10 feet wide, was placed earlier this month in Ladera Ranch, a planned community near Mission Viejo.

One or more vandals struck between 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, cutting the menorah's stem, breaking its lightbulbs, and smashing its stars, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Lloyd Downing.

He said the incident has been labeled a hate crime. An adjacent Christmas tree display was left unharmed.

A public lighting ceremony had been scheduled for Monday, a day after the start of Hanukkah.

The vandals "intentionally toppled this thing over prior to the lighting ceremony," Downing said.

The menorah, a nine-branched candelabrum, is used to celebrate the Sabbath and holidays including Hanukkah.

The holiday starts this year on Sunday, the same day as Christmas, and lasts eight days.