United States / 31-12-2016
Chandler, AZ - As Hanukkah draws to a close, a Chandler couple woke up to find their front-yard decoration celebrating the holiday had been turned into the universal symbol of hate.
Naomi Ellis said her husband, Seth, built the menorah after their three sons – ages 5, 7 and 9 – asked for holiday lights to celebrate the season.
“We live in a great neighborhood with kind and welcoming neighbors,” Ellis said. “We never would have imagined that someone would spread so much hate here.”
Friday morning, Ellis awoke to what she called a “horrible act of aggression.”
During the night, somebody destroyed the family’s menorah and turned it into a swastika.
“This clear act of hate and racism is disturbing and sad,” she said. “I broke down in tears waiting for the police to come and hoping that my kids would not be awake to see it.”
The desecrated menorah was quickly rebuilt and replaced.