According to Beverly Hills, California police, a man allegedly damaged a large menorah on the first night of Hanukkah and carved a Nazi symbol into its base.
Lili Bosse, the mayor of Beverly Hills, said on her Twitter account that the menorah of a Beverly Hills house was destroyed on Sunday night by a man who threw stones and put a Nazi sign on the floor.
“I was very angry and determined to catch this vile person immediately,” Bosse told ABC News on Tuesday.
Beverly Hills police said their officers responded to the private property around 8:00 pm on Sunday.
Police claimed Eric Brian King of Dallas was caught on security camera.
Police said King was arrested and charged with felony vandalism and hate crimes.
The mayor said the victims, a “warm” and “kind” Jewish family of Iranian descent, had their menorahs done right away.
“Like me, they felt that this hatred wouldn’t stop them,” he said.
For Bosse, antisemitism is personal. She said her mother, who survived Auschwitz, lost her entire family in the Holocaust.
“He told me, ‘Always tell the story,'” the mayor said. “It was really important to him that I and others continue to share what hate can do.”
“He believed strongly in courage and strength and that we should never give up and always speak out against hatred,” Bosse said. “Not just hatred of Jews, but hatred of all kinds. … We cannot be spectators.”
Jeffrey Abrams, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Los Angeles, thanked the police department for its “rapid response to this heinous act of antisemitic vandalism.”
Abrams encouraged anyone who saw “any incident of bigotry” to report it to the police and the ADL.
According to the police, there may be other charges against King as well. He will appear in court on Tuesday.
President Joe Biden condemned the rise in antisemitism in the United States and around the world at a Hanukkah reception Monday night at the White House.
“I understand your fear, your hurt,” he told the crowd, adding that he “will not remain silent.”
Biden said there has been an increase in federal funding for the physical safety of synagogues and Jewish community centers.
“Today we must all openly and strongly say that anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred and violence in this country have no safe haven in America,” Biden said. said.
Justin Gomez of ABC News contributed to this story.