PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) —
Disturbing messages of hate were found inside a Brooklyn synagogue Thursday evening, the latest in a disturbing string of anti-Semitic incidents across the nation.
Graffiti inside the Union Temple on Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights read “Kill all Jews” and “Hitler,” along with some other horribly offensive language.
Police say some of it was written in black marker inside a stairwell, and the vandalism forced the cancellation of a political event because people felt threatened.
A “Get out the Vote” event hosted by Broad City actress liana Glazer was canceled as a result.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the graffiti is the vilest kind of hate and that the NYPD will find the perpetrators and hold them accountable.
Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate, releasing the following statement:
“I am disgusted by the discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti at a house of worship in Brooklyn. At a time when the nation is still reeling from the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, New Yorkers stand united with the Jewish community and against hate in all its forms. In New York, we have zero tolerance for discrimination in our laws or in our spirit. I have directed the State’s Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate this hideous act and hold those responsible accountable to the full extent of the law. As governor, I am also doing everything in my power to ensure our religious institutions are free from violence and intolerance. This week, we announced the launch of an additional $10 million grant program to help protect New York’s non-public schools and cultural centers, including religious-based institutions. The disgusting rhetoric and heinous violence in this nation has reached a fever pitch and is ripping at the fabric of America, and it must stop. In New York, we have forged community through chords of commonality and we will always stand together against hate and discrimination.”
The NYPD says half of all hate crimes in the city are against Jewish people, and the number of incidents has increased this year.
Earlier this week, Eyewitness News reported on swastikas and the N-word drawn on some brownstones in Garden Place.
There are no arrests so far in this latest case.
Jewish leaders are calling for people of all faiths to join them for Shabbat services as a way to support the victims in Pittsburgh.
It was the worst attack on Jewish people in American history.
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