A sign commemorating the founder of the local Jewish community in Torremolinos, Spain, has been torn down by vandals.
The sign, erected in memory of David Haim Melul, had only been in place for two months before being vandalised.
The vandalism coincided with recent, local controversy around the town’s decision to publicly celebrate Chanukah, the Jewish festival of rededication and lights. Local politicians had been debating the placement of a neon sign reading “Happy Chanukah,” which critics said violated the separation between religion and government. Critics from the center-right Popular Party were also dissatisfied by the absence of a town nativity scene to celebrate Christmas.
The Jewish population of Torremolinos is around 800 people.