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KXLY: Valley Synagogue Hit w/Swastika

In Spokane Valley the Kehilat HaMashiach Synagogue was vandalized Sunday when someone smeared their sign with a red swastika.Four days later a white cloth covers the symbol but the congregation of the synagogue know all too well the meaning behind the symbol. They says they want to bring attention to this because they want people to know this type of hatred is still going on in our community.Like pulling off a bandage covering a painful wound congregation leader David D’Auria unveils the swastika left on the sign of his synagogue.“I was shocked, surprised and concerned,” he said.D’Auria discovered the marking Sunday morning.“This is a hate crime; an act of hate against Jewish people,” he said/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Berlin Art Exhibition Causes Stir

A woman stands in front of a artwork by Italian artist Max Papeschi at the exhibition ‘Abnormal Nudes’ at the alternative art house Tacheles in Berlin on Tuesday. The art poster hung on a Polish street that blends Mickey Mouse’s innocent image with that of a swastika and a nude woman’s body is causing a stir in Poland, where memories of suffering inflicted by Nazi Germany remain strong.  The poster, which went up last month in the western city of Poznan just steps from an old synagogue, is an Italian artist’s critical take on what he calls the “horrors” of the American lifestyle and is one work in a contemporary art exhibition that is to open in the fall. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Question: What kind of statement re: the American lifestyle do you see in this art work?

Ex-Police Chief Finds Racist Graffiti

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the vandal(s) who painted a 2-by-2-foot swastika in front of a retired Coeur d’Alene police chief’s home. Robert Nuttleman, who served as the Coeur d’Alene chief in the 1970s, said he found the swastika and the words, “white power,” painted at 11273 Avondale Loop (Avondale Lake) at 6 o’clock Wednesday morning. Nuttleman told a Kootenai County deputy that the vandalism happened between 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. He also said he didn’t know if the graffiti was directed at him, because he’s a former police chief, or someone else. The deputy asked that the Lakes Highway District remove the racist graffiti. Earlier last week, a Garwood area resident found a swastika sign hanging on her door in the morning. Also, Rachel Dolezal, director of Coeur d’Alene’s Human Rights Institute, found a noose hanging from her carport in the last week.

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Tankovich Hate Crime Trial Begins

The trial against three Coeur d’Alene brothers charged with threatening a Hispanic man has made it through most of the first day without the need for a judge to call a mistrial. Last week, the trial didn’t make it through the first witness before 1st District Judge John Luster halted the proceedings when Deputy Prosecutor Art Verharen played a tape of a 911 call where witness Julie Oliver told police that the incident was a “racist thing.” Today, attorneys for Ira G. Tankovich (pictured), 48, William M. Tankovich, 49, and Frank J. Tankovich, 46, were able to present opening arguments and begin calling witnesses before testimony was put on hold to deal with legal issues surrounding the wife of the alleged victim/Thomas Clouse, SR. More here.