Swastikas spray-painted at park, school in largely Jewish DC suburb
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Swastikas spray-painted at park, school in largely Jewish DC suburb

Witness says he saw 2 white boys daubing graffiti in Rockville; police in touch with local community over incident

Illustrative photo of graffiti featuring a swastika. (CC BY-HHA124L/Flickr/File)
Illustrative photo of graffiti featuring a swastika. (CC BY-HHA124L/Flickr/File)

Swastikas were spray-painted at a park and an elementary school in a Washington, DC, suburb with a large Jewish population.

The swastikas were discovered Sunday in Rockville, Maryland, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. A witness said he saw two white boys spray-painting the swastikas, according to the Post.

Montgomery County police told the newspaper they contacted the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington about the incident.

The police force posted an appeal on Facebook, asking for anyone with any information about the incident to come forward.

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“Even though some people think it’s just offensive graffiti, you must understand it really offends community members deeply,” Ron Halber, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, told The Washington Post. “It’s not just a matter of getting over it.”

Rockville, the center of the Washington metropolitan area’s Jewish population, has a Jewish Community Center (JCC), a Jewish nursing home, a Jewish day school, synagogues and kosher restaurants.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report

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