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Eastern Iowa synagogue vandalized on first day of Hanukkah

December 11, 2020 GMT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Police in eastern Iowa are investigating the vandalism of a synagogue in Davenport that occurred on the first day of Hanukkah.

Someone used red spray paint to scrawl a New Testament biblical citation at an entrance of Temple Emanuel on Thursday afternoon, television station KWQC reported.

The citation “John 8:44” was painted on a wall near the temple doors. The verse recounts Jesus telling his critics that they are the spawn of the devil.

Rabbi Bertenthal said the vandalism and its message are particularly hurtful coming at the opening of the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights.

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Police have not announced any arrests or suspects in the vandalism.