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Suspect Charged In Swastika Attack On Northern Virginia Jewish Center

(JTA) — Police in Fairfax, Va. have arrested and charged a suspect for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti on the city’s Jewish Community Center and a nearby church.

On Wednesday, police arrested Dylan M. Mahone, 20, at his home, based on surveillance video of the incidents, which occurred Tuesday, according to a statement by the Fairfax County Police Dept. He is also accused of posting anti-Semitic flyers on campus at the Northern Virginia Community College in March.

On Tuesday, “Hitler was right,” swastikas and the “SS” symbol were found spray-painted on the exterior of the JCC building.

Jeff Dannick, the JCC’s director general, said earlier this week that it was upsetting to have his community targeted on Passover but that the holiday held relevant lessons.

“We retell that story generation to generation every year so that we never forget,” he told the Washington Post Tuesday. “It’s a painful reminder of how ugly and dangerous the world can be, but also how we can overcome it.”

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