A 30-year-old man has been cited by Omaha police on suspicion of damage to property and hate intimidation after he allegedly posted neo-Nazi recruitment stickers on two poles outside Temple Israel.
Jonathan M. Ziegler, who lives about 1½ miles south of the synagogue, faces a fine of up to $500, six months in jail or both if he’s found guilty. Temple Israel is part of the Tri-Faith Initiative campus near 132nd and Pacific Streets.
Nate Shapiro, executive director of Temple Israel, said surveillance video from about 3 p.m. April 9 shows a man walking a dog around the Tri-Faith campus. The man can be seen placing the approximately 4-by-6-inch stickers on two poles outside the synagogue.
The stickers promoted a neo-Nazi group with the message “End debt slavery” and a picture of a man breaking chains in the form of the Star of David.
In addition to Temple Israel, the Tri-Faith Initiative campus is home to the American Muslim Institute and Countryside Community Church.
Ziegler had been employed as trainer for Genesis Health Clubs. Tuesday, Genesis Health Clubs posted a statement on its website that said Ziegler no longer worked there.
“We wholeheartedly condemn hate speech and discrimination of any kind,” the statement reads.
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