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Omahan cited on suspicion of hate crime after neo-Nazi stickers posted outside Temple Israel
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Omahan cited on suspicion of hate crime after neo-Nazi stickers posted outside Temple Israel

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday renewed his call urging global action to build an alliance against the growth and spread of neo-Nazism, white supremacy and the resurgence of xenophobia, anti-Semitism and hate speech sparked partly by the COVID-19 pandemic. Guterres made the remarks in a virtual ceremony marking the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

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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