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Two suspects arrested over antisemitic vandalism at Indiana synagogue

Nazi symbols were daubed on a wall at the shul last month

    The graffiti was sprayed on a building belonging to the synagogue
    The graffiti was sprayed on a building belonging to the synagogue (Photo: Twitter)

    Two people have been arrested in connection with the antisemitic vandalism daubed on a US synagogue building last month.

    Nolan Brewer, 20, and an unnamed 17-year-old female accomplice were arrested late last week, with Mr Brewer subsequently charged with conspiracy to violate civil rights.

    Pictures of the Shaarey Tefilla synagogue in Carmel, Indiana, showed a black swastika in a circle on a red background, similar to flag used by the Nazi regime, had been daubed on property belonging to the Jewish community.

    On either side of the swastika were iron crosses  — the military decoration widely used by Prussia and Germany until the end of the Second World War — which have become a symbol used by neo-Nazis.

    The antisemitic graffiti was discovered on Shabbat morning, July 28.

    According to the official criminal complaint, Mr Brewer brought up Adolf Hitler when speaking to investigators and said he had painted the hate symbols because the location was “full of ethnic Jews”.

    CCTV footage taken the day before the vandalism was discovered appeared to show Mr Brewer and his accomplice buying spray paint and flammable materials at a Walmart store, and images discovered on his phone showed the graffiti just after he and his accomplice had daubed it.

    Mr Brewer’s teenage accomplice is also accused of criminal mischief and arson after a small fire was lit at the site.

    However, Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow of the Shaarey Tefilla shul told the Indystar news site that the vandals had “utterly failed”.

    “They tried to evoke hatred and fear,” he said.

    “What they produced was an outpouring of love and support and solidarity.”

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