Police investigate menorah vandalism as possible hate crime

December 4, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are investigating a toppled menorah as a possible hate crime.

Cambridge police say two witnesses saw a man ride his bike up to the menorah on the Cambridge Commons on Sunday afternoon and push it over.

A group of people at the scene immediately banded together and put the menorah back upright.

Sunday marked the first night of Hanukkah.

Mayor Marc McGovern says the toppling does not represent Cambridge or its people. The Chabad at Harvard is responsible for the display.

Rabbi Hirschy Zarchi says the Chabad will host a gathering Thursday evening in response to the vandalism, and they will continue to increase the light as part of the holiday.

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