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Prominent rabbi's home vandalized in Berkeley

May 4, 2010 10:43:32 AM PDT
The home of a Berkeley rabbi who is the editor of a prominent progressive Jewish magazine was vandalized overnight, the publication said Monday.

Rabbi Michael Lerner's North Berkeley home was vandalized with posters attacking both him and liberals and progressives as being supporters of terrorism, said Lerner's assistant, Will Pasley.

The posters were reportedly affixed to his door and around the property with "a powerful form of glue," either late Sunday or early Monday, according to the magazine.

Berkeley police Officer Jamie Perkins said her department is investigating the case as an act of vandalism. She said there were four posters, about 5 inches by 7 inches, posted on the fence of the home.

No one has claimed responsibility, but the magazine believes the vandals to be "right-wing Zionists."

"Because of the political nature of the thing," Pasley said. He said the publication had recently announced an award to a South African judge critical of Israel's record on human rights.

The magazine has received death threats in the past, but this is the first time Lerner's home has been targeted, Pasley said.

"We take these cases very seriously," Perkins said. "We're going to investigate it fully and thoroughly."


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