The unknown criminals broke a street sign erected in honor of the onset of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the Spanish city of Torremolinos, Malaga province, announced on Tuesday, December 15, local newspaper Diario el Sur .
Neon sign with the words Happy Hanukkah was established on the street, which was renamed two months ago in honour of David Haim Malula — founder of the Jewish community, today numbering about 800 people.
The sign was vandalized last week – amid debate in the municipality about the legality of religious holiday in a country where religion is separated from state.
The decision to celebrate Hanukkah has been criticized by MPs from center-right people’s party, occupying the majority of seats in the municipality. Local politicians are also unhappy that the city will not install the Nativity scene (a scene of the Nativity of Christ by means of the various arts).
Note that the Jewish community of Spain, where the exile lived hundreds of thousands of Jews, now has only 45.000 people. The most magnificent celebration of Hanukkah was held this year in Toledo province of Castile – the ancient capital of the country, where he lived in the Middle ages, the most influential Jewish community.