“We felt it was very important for us to show support for the State of Israel,” Fairfax resident Jarod Keren told 7News.
The two Israeli flags that have flown outside Keren’s home since early October are now gone.
“At approximately 12:50 a.m., two of the flags disappeared and that took place because someone decided to trespass on our property and steal the flagpoles and flags,” he said.
Keren’s neighbor provided door camera footage that shows movement outside the home he shares with his wife and three children.
He quickly reported the incident to police who told 7News they were investigating it as a bias crime.
“We have a hard time understanding how somebody would deliberately take their time and purposely decide to take a symbol of support for Israel down,” said Keren.
7News asked Fairfax County police if they’ve seen an increase in hate or bias crimes in the area since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.
“In response to the events occurring in the beginning of October, the Fairfax County Police Department increased patrols and visibility around our houses of worship and reached out to many faith-based communities,” a representative told 7News in a statement.
Keren said he’s already ordered new Israeli flags to replace the stolen ones and will continue to stand in solidarity with the people of Israel.
“Let me tell you Kellye, these flags will be flying again by tomorrow and we will also put up posters of those that have been abducted and those who have been victims of terrorism,” he said.