Anti-Semitic graffiti on the Union Temple in Brooklyn; Occasion canceled

A synagogue in Brooklyn was vandalized with anti-Semitic surnames, resulting in Thursday’s political event being canceled and a police investigation conducted less than a week after the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US history.

Graffiti reading “Kill All Jews” was found in the Union Temple at around 8:00 pm Thursday, police said.

“Broad City” star Ilana Glazer was scheduled to interview journalist Amy Goodman and New York Senate candidates Andrew Gounardes and Jim Gaughran, the New York Post reported. But the viewers were soon sent home.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “the most heinous kind of hate” and condemned it as a hate crime.

“Children go to school here. This is the worst kind of hatred,” he tweeted. “The Union Temple is stronger than this. Brooklyn is stronger than this. We will fight anti-Semitism with every fiber of our being.”

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Union Temple president Beatrice J. Hanks said in a statement that the synagogue and its members “were disgusted and dismayed by the hateful graffiti scribbled on our walls”.

“But we are also encouraged by the tremendous support from the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. These bonds make us all stronger,” added Hanks.

Less than a week ago, a rifleman who killed 11 believers in the Synagogue of the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh shouted, “All Jews Must Die” as he carried out the massacre.

Other cases of anti-Semitic graffiti have occurred across the country since the shooting.

Similar graffiti was found in Brooklyn Heights on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Southern California police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on a synagogue.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, a group that persecutes and combats anti-Semitism, there were at least 1,986 such incidents motivated by anti-Jewish prejudice – including physical assault, vandalism and attacks on Jewish institutions – in 2017, an increase of 57 percent in the event of incidents in the previous year.

Contributor: The Associated Press. Follow Ryan Miller on Twitter @RyanW_Miller

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