Police in New York have found an outdoor menorah lying on its side and badly damaged yesterday morning in Carl Shurz Park on 86th Street and East End Avenue. It has been reported that it was toppled over on both Saturday and Sunday nights.
Responding to the incident, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “Incidents like this have no place here or anywhere.”
Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and Chabad of the Upper East Side had lit the menorah for the first night of Chanukah in a well-attended ceremony. Rabbi Elie Weistock of Kehilath Jeshurun said: “Last night we gathered to kindle the menorah, bringing light to the world, and this morning we found that we were met by an act of darkness. But light always overcomes darkness, and tonight we plan to light the menorah again.”
New York police are investigating the matter as a hate crime.
Source: Times of Israel