NEW YORK (Sep. 23)
The new seven-story Ramaz high school, an Orthodox Jewish day school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was defaced Saturday night after Yom Kippur, apparently by supporters of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, principal of Ramaz, said today that Sunday morning he discovered one-foot-high red slogans spray-pointed on the Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz. He said the slogans read, “Begin Assassin, ” and “PLO Lives.”
Lookstein noted that the vandals may have chosen the school because it is a “Jewish-looking building.” He said it has windows on which are depicted scenes of Jerusalem and Torah Scrolls.
The new high school opened last week and has some 450 students. It is on East 78th Street several blocks away from Ramaz’s main building on East 85th Street. The slogans were removed by machine, Lookstein said.