Arizona: Arrests Made in Vandalism Case Of A Menorah Turned Into A Swastika

Chandler, Arizona: A 19-year old black man and three male juveniles were arrested on suspicion of contorting a Jewish family’s light-up menorah, made from PVC pipe, into a swastika. This act of vandalism was done in December of last year and described as a hate crime. -GEG

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of contorting a Chandler family’s decorative light-up menorah into a swastika in December.

Chandler police responded early on Dec. 30 after Naomi and Seth Ellis said they woke up to find a menorah, which they had placed in their front yard, disfigured overnight into the shape of a swastika.

Seth Ellis, who works in construction, had built the 8-foot-tall menorah out of PVC pipe. Ellis’ children had seen Christmas displays and had asked their father if they could have a display to celebrate their Jewish faith.

One of the suspects was identified by Chandler police as 19-year-old Clive Jamar Wilson. The other three suspects are male juveniles, according to Sgt. Daniel Mejia, Chandler police spokesman.

All four were arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass and aggravated criminal damage.

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European Anti-Immigration Parties Object to Turkish Takeover Through Increased Population

Turkish President Erdogan called on Turkish citizens living in Europe to have five children, two more than what he recommends for Turks in the homeland. His motive is to increase their numbers so they will be the “future of Europe.”  Marion Le Pen, the niece of French anti-immigration presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, responded by saying that the future of Turks living in Europe – is in Turkey. -GEG

Marion Le Pen, niece of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, responded to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s call to Turks in Europe to “have five children” by saying “the future of Turks in Europe is in Turkey.”

“Dear Erdoğan, the future of Turkish people living in Europe is in Turkey,” Le Pen posted on her Twitter (translated from French).

The Turkish President had called on Turkish citizens living in Europe to have five children – two more than what he recommends Turks have in the homeland – in a bid to increase their numbers so that they will be the “future of Europe.”

“Go live in better neighborhoods. Drive the best cars. Live in the best houses. Make not three, but five children. Because you are the future of Europe,” Erdoğan said at a rally Friday.

Marine Le Pen recently condemned Erdoğan’s plans to campaign for an upcoming Turkish referendum in Europe, telling him to do his “evil campaigning back in Turkey.”

“Why should be tolerate on our soil words other democracies refuse? No Turkish election campaign in France,” she tweeted.

Dutch politician Geert Wilders also came out against the Turkish governments plans to campaign in Europe.

“Your government is fooling you into believing that one day you will become a member of the European Union,” he said. “Well forget it. You are no Europeans and you will never be.”

Wilder’s also called Erdoğan is a “dangerous Islamist,” adding, “we do not want more, but less Islam. So Turkey, stay away from us.”

The first round of the French presidential election will take place this April, followed by the second round in May.

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