Vandals Turn Menorah into Swastika

Well, that took some work. I wonder who could have done something like that!

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When Naomi and Seth Ellis’ young sons said that they wanted lights on their house in Chandler, Ariz., like all their neighbors’ Christmas decorations, the parents knew what to tell their three Jewish boys: Yes.

One trip to Lowe’s, $100 worth of PVC pipe, nine solar-powered lights and a coat of shiny gold paint later, the Ellises had a shining 7-foot-tall Hanukkah menorah on their lawn.

But on Friday morning, the Ellises had something new to tell their boys, and they weren’t sure how to say it.

After the boys went to bed on the sixth night of Hanukkah, someone dismantled their special menorah and turned it into a giant swastika.
“We talk a lot about the importance of equality and tolerance, loving everybody no matter what,” Naomi Ellis said. “I had to tell them that not everybody feels that way. Some people are ignorant, and this is what they do.”

She watched tears well up in her 9-year-old son’s eyes as she explained.

“They know about the Holocaust. They know about Nazis,” she said. But before Friday morning, the three children – ages 5, 7 and 9 – had never before seen a swastika, the symbol of the Nazi party that carried out the murder of 6 million Jews and of current-day hate groups.

“This is the real reality that we live in: People hate us for no reason or want us to feel scared for who we are. That’s not something I wanted to have to tell them,” Naomi Ellis said.

Seth Ellis, who works in construction, got up Friday morning at 4 a.m. as usual, and saw that while the family was sleeping, the menorah’s joints had been unscrewed and locked back in place in the spidery directions of a swastika. The vandal or vandals had taken some of the pieces entirely. The Ellises called the police.

Chandler Police Det. Seth Tyler said that officers came to the house and spoke to Naomi Ellis. “She obviously didn’t want her children to see a swastika on their yard,” Tyler said. So the officers helped take the structure down.

The officers reported the vandalism as an incident of disorderly conduct and have not arrested anyone, Tyler said. Naomi Ellis has been urging her neighbors to share anything they might have seen with police.

11 thoughts on “Vandals Turn Menorah into Swastika

  1. Pitifully obvious. They’ll get so much “look at us” from this. “Kids, we’re on TV, wave hi to Uncle Hymie…crying? why yes, all night”.

    • Vandals would break it and move out
      Or break it and tag it and move out
      But rearranging things requires time and no one likes to drag out their criminal actives

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  3. I am in agreement with the commenters above. To do something like this would take time. Also, these (((people))) took a before photo at night, and there appears to be a streetlight or some kind of lighting beyond a photo flash. Also, why did this guy take an after photo (while the decoration had been shaped to a swastika) at night/in the dark? The after photo again appears to show a streetlight or some kind of lighting. Unless, the guy took the photo very early before dawn. The background blue Christmas lights are off in the after photo too. If I was a vandal, I am not going to stand in this guy’s front yard, lit up and visible, and take my time to perpetrate this elaborate vandalism. I am going to go out on a limb and say that an evil YT Nazi or some Muslim did this.

  4. For $100 they got nationwide attention as well as donations likely flowing in from all over…not a bad “media” buy at all. I agree with the other posters in that in this day and age of the webcam a “vandal” is not going to spend time doing this. The fact that it was rearranged into a swastika instead of just being destroyed or the pieces rearranged to look like spongebob squarepants reeks of hebrew involvement.

  5. “people hate us for no reason…” Wrong. there are trillions of reasons.
    it is, most likely as pointed out above bogus. But if not, may I offer congratulations to whomever did it!

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