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Tuscon synagogue: Arizona police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on synagogue

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“The congregation is basically disenchanted. We’re actually greatly surprised,” Rabbi Ram Bigelman of the Chabad on River synagogue instructed CNN on Tuesday. “We did not assume such antisemitism existed in our group.”

It’s the second synagogue within the metropolis to have been vandalized lately. In Might, a rock was thrown via the window of Congregation Chaverim, which is attended by each former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and Arizona state Rep. Alma Hernandez.

“These horrendous antisemitic acts won’t be tolerated, and there’s no place for hatred in our group,” the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona mentioned in a written assertion Tuesday.

Anti-Semitic incidents within the nation have greater than doubled from the identical time interval final yr following the battle, the Anti-Defamation League reported Monday.

Bigelman instructed CNN he believes the vandalism — which included the phrase “soiled okay**e” painted in all-capital letters — in all probability occurred Sunday night time.

“One of many congregants walked in [Monday], and he noticed it whereas going to shul,” Bigelman mentioned. The synagogue now plans to place in a brand new safety system.

Tucson Police Officer Frank Magos instructed CNN on Tuesday night that they don’t have any surveillance footage, and no witnesses have come ahead up to now.

“Proper now, we’ve got detectives with our Avenue Crimes Interdiction Unit investigating it,” Magos mentioned. “We would not have a suspect recognized, and no one has been detained.”

The graffiti was condemned by Arizona politicians.

“The quantity of Jewish hate is not stunning. The silence is,” tweeted Hernandez.
Gov. Doug Ducey (R) mentioned on Twitter, “These accountable have to be held accountable. Arizona stands with these of the Jewish religion.”



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