Jews, Muslims, Christians stand against hate

The names of girls accused of vandalizing a Yorktown Jewish center with swastikas were released as the community rallied Sunday. More than 100 Jews, Muslims and Christians stood side by side outside

News 12 Staff

Apr 13, 2008, 10:31 PM

Updated 5,883 days ago

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Jews, Muslims, Christians stand against hate
The names of girls accused of vandalizing a Yorktown Jewish center with swastikas were released as the community rallied Sunday.
More than 100 Jews, Muslims and Christians stood side by side outside the Mohegan Park Jewish Center in a show of solidarity. Last Thursday, anti-Semitic writings and swastikas were spray-painted at the center, and religious artifacts were destroyed.
"To discover this small, out-of-the-way center desecrated like this, it's a heart rendering shock," said Roger Kahn, of the Mohegan Park Jewish Center.
Michelle Bushell, 17, of Cortlandt, and 18-year-old Barbara Nokaj, of Yorktown Heights, have been charged with burglary in the incident. An unidentified 15-year-old girl is charged with juvenile delinquency.
Police say the charges could be upgraded to a bias crime.
The Mohegan Park Jewish Center president plans to focus on educational initiatives to prevent future attacks.


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