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Plainview Menorah Vandalism to be Publicly Denounced

Civic and religious leaders will gather at the site of a Plainview menorah's desecration to denounce hate and antisemitism Thursday.

State and Nassau County public officials along with local religious leaders will stand on a lawn in Plainview Thursday and denounce hatred and antisemitism.

The office of State Assemblyman , D-Glen Cove, along with Nassau County Legislator , D-Woodbury, will join Plainview area clergy members and other community leaders at the home of Burton Radish, a retired school administrator whose by vandals during Hanukkah.

“This desecration of a religious symbol under the cover of darkness is a cowardly act,” Lavine said “An attack on any religion is an attack against every religion.  Prejudice is un-American and must neither be tolerated nor enabled.”

"" destroyed the 5-foot high menorah that stood at Burton's front yard on Gerhard Road," Lavine's office said in a statement. "The ancient symbol of Judaism and the emblem of the State of Israel...was ripped from his yard, thrown into the street, run over and destroyed."

Nassau County police are investigating the vandalism. There have been no arrests.

The public denunciation of bias crimes will be held Thursday at 10:45 a.m. at 71 Gerhard Road.

Gail Neuman January 04, 2012 at 03:26 AM
This is just terrible to hear.
Joe Dowd January 04, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Yes, Gail: It is, which is why it's so important that our community is present and in force on Thursday. There's no place for this in Plainview, or anywhere. Never Again. I'll be there.
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