NYACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The Congregation Sons of Israel in Upper Nyack is standing firm in the face of hate.

A banner honoring the millions of people murdered by the Nazis is back on display after a vandal slashed it into two, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.

The banner, which is now mended by tape, was vandalized sometime Wednesday or Thursday following a solemn candlelight vigil for Holocaust Remembrance Day. It appears to have been cut with a box cutter, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

“You want to believe it was an accident or that it was weather-related, but upon further investigation it was clear that this was intentional,” Rabbi Ariel Russo said. “The act itself is very deplorable to us.”

As Adams reported, the banner lists the groups targeted by the Nazis and is actually a map to a colorful field of flags on the synagogue’s front lawn with each flag representing 10,000 souls lost in the Holocaust.

Russo said the support the synagogue has received has been overwhelming.

“Clergy, both rabbis and pastors from other churches and communities all throughout the county really have shown support and I think it shows we are strong,” she said.

Russo said she hopes this incident leads to dialogue and better understanding.

Clarkstown Police are investigating.


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