(August 11, 2020 / JNS) Police in Harrisburg, Pa., are investigating the vandalism of a local synagogue.
Swastikas were spray-painted on the exterior of Kesher Israel Synagogue, an Orthodox congregation. The graffiti was removed shortly after it was found on Monday.
“Nobody wants to think of their spiritual home, where they go for a peaceful religious experience, to gain inspiration, as being attacked and vandalized at night, but thank God nobody was hurt,” the synagogue’s rabbi, Elisha Friedman, told CBS affiliate WHP-TV.
Law enforcement and the FBI are looking into the incident.
Democratic State Rep. Patty Kim responded harshly to the incident.
“Graffiti and vandalism will not be tolerated and I reject the hatred these symbols represent. While this may be an isolated incident, we cannot allow this behavior to become routine,” she tweeted. “Everyone has a role to play in combating bigotry. I’ve reached out to the congregation to see how my office can be supportive during this fearful and infuriating time.”
Everyone has a role to play in combating bigotry. I’ve reached out to the congregation to see how my office can be supportive during this fearful and infuriating time.
— Rep. Patty Kim (@RepPattyKim) August 10, 2020
Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact Harrisburg Police at (717) 558-6900.
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