Brooklyn synagogue defaced with ‘Kill the Jews’ graffiti
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Brooklyn synagogue defaced with ‘Kill the Jews’ graffiti

Organizers cancel political event at Union Temple after vandal breaks in, fearing for safety of attendees

Rabbi Mark Sameth thanks members of the Brooklyn Jewish community at the door of Union Temple of Brooklyn on November 2, 2018 in New York City. (Kena Betancur/AFP)
Rabbi Mark Sameth thanks members of the Brooklyn Jewish community at the door of Union Temple of Brooklyn on November 2, 2018 in New York City. (Kena Betancur/AFP)

A synagogue in New York City’s Brooklyn borough was defaced Thursday with anti-Semitic slurs and a call to “Kill all Jews.”

The New York Post reported that a vandal broke into the Union Temple building in Brooklyn Heights and scrawled several hate notes inside.

The incident prompted the cancellation of a political event during which actress Ilana Glazer was to interview several state senate candidates and a reporter inside the synagogue.

Organizers said they feared for attendees’ safety.

“There was a lot of anxiety,” attendee Kathryn Gonzalez told the Post. “Especially given last weekend’s events and the upcoming election, the tension and fear feels heightened.”

Rabbi Mark Sameth speaks with members of the Brooklyn Jewish community as NYPD officers stand guard at the door of the Union Temple of Brooklyn on November 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR / AFP)

On Wednesday a synagogue in California was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti. The words “fuck Jews” and “Jews” were spray-painted on the white facade of the building.

A view of Union Temple in Brooklyn (Jim Henderson, Public Domain/Wikipedia)

Meanwhile online anti-Semitism has flourished in the days following Saturday’s shooting attack at a Pittsburgh synagogue, in which 11 people were killed.

Robert Bowers, 46, has been accused of gunning down congregants at the Tree of Life synagogue during services in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history.

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