Hateful vandalism was scrawled inside a Brooklyn synagogue
On Thursday, hateful, violent vandalism was found inside a Brooklyn synagogue. The words “Hitler” and “Kill all Jews” were scrawled in black marker on multiple floors throughout the building, along with other disgusting anti-Semitic slurs. A political event that was scheduled for last night ended up being canceled because of safety concerns in the wake of the horrifying incident.
Broad City star Ilana Glazer was scheduled to host a “Get Out the Vote” event at Union Temple this week.
Kathryn T. Gonzalez, one of the evening’s attendees, took to Facebook to share the awful, scary reason that the evening was cut short.
“Doors were to open at 7:30pm, but soon half an hour passed. Then, forty-five minutes. Four or five police officers roamed the area, and finally Ilana came out to address the crowd,” Gonzalez wrote. “She shared that the Brooklyn synagogue, where the event was scheduled to take place, was vandalized with anti-Semitic slurs and other hateful words two hours before the talks were to begin. As such, she didn’t feel comfortable ushering 200 people into the enclosed space.”
.@broadcity star and co-creator Ilana Glazer (@ilazer) decided to cancel an event with Amy Goodman at a Brooklyn synagogue Thursday night after the discovery of anti-Semitic messages on the walls: "I can't put these 200 people who came to listen in a safe space… in that danger" pic.twitter.com/WY0RKR3Gcq
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) November 2, 2018
"Our politicians' words, who stand for white supremacy... turn into action so quickly," says @ilazer. "We lived through a safe, physically benign version of a white supremacist act." pic.twitter.com/XPrP77alPc— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) November 2, 2018
State senate candidate Andrew Gounardes, who was scheduled to appear alongside Glazer during the event, spoke out about the repulsive vandalism – and emphasized that this incident serves as yet another wake-up call about the state of our country.
Brooklyn. Our neighborhood.
Union Temple. Our synagogue.
The hate is sickening. I look forward to joining our community there tonight now more than ever. We will be there proudly as Jews as we keep our heads up, keep our love strong and #ShowUpForShabbat. https://t.co/eAwUSWqVqT
— Tali Goldsheft (@TaliGoldsheft) November 2, 2018
“Tonight’s attack, right here in a temple in Brooklyn – is a painful reminder that anti-semitism and prejudice are alive and well in our own community,” Gounardes said, per AMNew York. “I commend the NYPD for their quick response and believe whoever committed this hate crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Given the circumstances, I understand canceling last night at Union Temple.
But as a Jew in this neighborhood, I hope @ilazer @agounardes @democracynow @Gaughran4Senate will now do something even bigger, Jewish, and in public. https://t.co/EK0lIGBy6z
— Stephen Lurie (@luriethereal) November 2, 2018
Hateful, discriminatory vandalism has become increasingly frequent in New York City. On Tuesday, swastikas and the N-word were chalked up and down a street in the Brooklyn Heights area. According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents have risen a staggering 90% in NYC since 2017.
Hate-filled messages were scrawled inside a Brooklyn synagogue, the latest incident in a string of alarming attacks on NYC's Jewish population in the borough, police say https://t.co/61p1xwkSQq pic.twitter.com/Wel7M698vO
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) November 2, 2018
This news comes just a few days after a gunmen entered Tree of Life, a Pittsburgh synagogue, and murdered 11 congregants. The shooter yelled “all Jews must die” before opening fire. It was one of the deadliest attacks on the Jewish community in United States history.
In the midst of this gut-wrenching tragedy, Marlene Haus, an 80-year-old congregant of Tree of Life, offered a message of hope. “The Jewish people have survived for more than 5,000 years,” she told CBC. “We’ll survive this, too.”