In a distressing incident, a well-known synagogue in Park Slope was targeted by vandals who defaced it with anti-Israel graffiti and attached stickers.
The graffiti included the phrase “Jews for Palestinian resistance,” which was spray-painted on the sidewalk in front of Congregation Beth Elohim on Garfield Place near Eighth Avenue.
This incident occurred around 6:45 a.m. and was promptly reported to the authorities by a witness who called 911.
Additionally, two anti-Israel stickers were found affixed to the synagogue’s door. The specific content of these stickers is not immediately known.
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force has been notified and is actively investigating this incident.
This act of vandalism is particularly concerning as it takes place in the context of increased hate crimes in the city, with a significant portion of these crimes targeting the Jewish community. This surge in incidents follows a recent deadly attack by Hamas in Israel.
This act of vandalism is not an isolated incident. Other hateful graffiti and messages have been reported in various parts of the city.
Including the defacement of the 2nd Avenue Deli with a swastika on the Upper East Side and the scrawling of “Kill the Jews” on the wall of the 34th Street-Herald Square subway station in Manhattan.