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Vandals paint swastikas on Florida synagogues: media

AFP | Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014

Nazi uniforms and a Swastika flag that were confiscated by the Berlin police during raids against German neo-Nazis are presented to the public during an open day at a police barracks in Berlin.

MIAMI - Authorities are investigating Nazi swastikas painted on two Florida synagogues this week, local media reports said Tuesday.

In the latest incident, a swastika, the initials "KKK" and a skull and bones were painted on a poster at the entrance to the Temple Emanu-El in Miami Beach.

"This is a serious situation," Barbara Breslow, the temple's director, told WSVN television. "Everybody is very concerned."

A surveillance camera recorded images of a possible suspect, a man with a backpack, at the synagogue's entrance at 3:00 am, the report said.

On Monday, another swastika and the name of the Islamist Hamas movement were painted on the exterior walls of a synagogue in western Miami.

That incident was reminiscent of yet another at a third synagogue at the end of July, when Israel was engaged in an offensive in Gaza against Hamas.

In that case, vandals spray-painted a red swastika and "Hamas" on the synagogue in Miami Beach.

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