Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Santa Monica Chabad Explosion Was Deliberate

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Santa Monica Chabad Explosion Was Deliberate

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After inspection by forensic experts, the blast outside a Chabad Synagogue in Santa Monica last Thursday has been confirmed as a deliberate attack with an improvised explosive. The source of the explosion was first believed to be a pipe bomb, and then simply a freak industrial accident. After gathering evidence, Police now say it consisted of a makeshift missile fired from a trashcan which caused damage to the wall of the Chabad house before tearing a hole in the roof of a neighboring home where a child was sleeping.

Santa Monica police are searching for Ron Hirsch, also known as Israel Fisher. Hirsch is a local transient known for frequenting Jewish community centers and synagogues in search of charity. A neighbor said he would sleep under the canopy at the synagogue's entrance. Most mornings would find him reading the Wall Street Journal and talking on his cell phones (Santa Monica, remember). Released photos show him as heavy-set and bearded with green eyes. Congregant Sara Levitansky said that she'd "seen [Hirsch] around, but lately haven't seen him much. …

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