Martin Place Menorah Vandalised

December 10, 2012 by Henry Benjamin
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When bocherim from the Yeshiva in Sydney went to the giant Chanukeah in the city’s Martin Place, they found that signage had been vandalised.

Vandalised Menorah

Rabbi Elimelech Levy told J-Wire: “The boys went after Shabbat had finished. We had left the Menorah with 9 electric lights burning and their task was to extinguish them and then light the first Chanukah light and leave that on with the Shammas.

They found that signs costing $350 each had been cut as well as some of the cabling.

We have reported it to the police and to security.

The Giant Menorah has been a feature in Martin Place at Chanukah time for thirty years. This is the first time that damage has been reported.

Rabbi Levy added: “This is very disappointing”.


6 Responses to “Martin Place Menorah Vandalised”
  1. Otto Waldmann says:

    Sadly, Chaya, certain things are still the same.
    Anti Semites are still out there and this is precisely what is expected of them. “Expected” does not mean endorsement.
    Just look at the frequency and intensity of anti Israel demonstrations in our own “little” urbe. Can anyone deny that what is “purely” anti Zionist is not also anti Semitic !!??

    Let us enjoy our yom tov as a chag sameah !!

  2. Liat Nagar says:

    Obviously, this act is a sign of the times, and ominous for that.

  3. Shirlee. says:

    I agree Andrew. Look what they did to the War Memorial in Martin Place a few years ago

  4. Chaya says:

    Andrew, do you feel it is acceptable to vandalise signage in any capacity or should only Jewish signs be expected to be vandalised from time to time? I think that such an ambivalent statement shows apathy on your part. Would it be expected for a sukkah in the front yard of someone’s home to be vandalised or is it just that a menorah in Martin Place is too Jewish in public for peoples liking? Vandalism should not be expected and it is disgusting that it has occurred. The worst part is that Yeshiva itself is a not for profit organisation and now need to have the signs replaced at a further cost. As a community we should be disgusted at this behaviour, I do not see xmas trees being vandalised in this way.

    • Shirlee. says:

      Yes Christmas trees are vandalised.

      We are living in a sad world today where no one has any value for anyone and anything. Just look at the graffiti all around the place

  5. Andrew Neems says:

    Yes well you have to expect that sort of carry on from time to time.

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