By COLlive reporter
A large Menorah celebrating Chanukah was put up by the New Haven Chabad Yeshiva Beis Dovid Shlomo, in the New Haven Green, a park and recreation area in the downtown district of New Haven, Connecticut.
About 150 people joined the Menorah lighting ceremony on Thursday evening, the first night of Chanukah. It was lit by Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Gershon Borenstein alongside Mayor Justin Elicker.
“It’s especially important this year to spread light,” said one of the event’s organizers and the yeshiva’s program director, Chaim Rapoport. “That’s the way you fight hate, through light and goodness.”
Sadly, that positive show of faith and light was tainted 2 days later when a man was filmed climbing up the Menorah during an anti-Israel protest on Shabbos.
The man, thought to be a student of Yale University, was seen planting a Palestinian flag on the Menorah. Other protestors around called on him to stop. “It looks bad for us,” one of them said.
Anti-Israel activity across the United States and the world has long been a masquerade for antisemitic motives. Just last week, a congressional hearing exposed how called for “a global intifada” actually called for the annihilation of all Jews.
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