‘Jews Better Be Ready’: Political event canceled over anti-Semitic graffiti in Brooklyn synagogue
“Broad City” star Ilana Glazer was scheduled to interview journalist Amy Goodman and New York state senate candidates Andrew Gounardes and Jim Gaughran to discuss how politicians actually serve the local community. However, before the event opened its door, anti-Semitic messages were discovered on the stairwell of Union Temple in Brooklyn Heights at approximately 8pm Thursday.
The words “Die Jew Rats We Are Here,” “Jews Better Be Ready,”"Rose" and “Hitler,” were discovered on the second and fourth floors of the temple, NBC New York reports.
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My friends surprised me for my birthday tonight with tickets to see @ilanusglazer speak at @generatorcollective - a series of talks with activists and politicians about the importance of voting and humanizing politics. Unfortunately, after waiting for over an hour to enter the auditorium, we were notified that some emboldened bigot had covered the walls of the Jewish temple that was housing the event with anti-Semitic symbols and slurs. Organizers felt unsafe and uncomfortable carrying on with the event, and rightfully shut it down. THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO ELECT GOOD PEOPLE INTO OFFICE. This is why we gathered tonight. This is why we protest and demand real, direct action against acts of hate and violence. Thank you to the ever-badass @ilanusglazer and Amy Goodman of @democracynow for putting these kinds of events together and staying strong in the face of incredible intolerance. We will not be stopped or silenced. Your hate has no place in this country. ✊🏽 #VOTE
“She didn’t feel comfortable ushering 200 people into the enclosed space; potential sitting ducks,”attendee Kathryn Gonzalez posted on Facebook.
Organizers were forced to cancel the event amid fears of a copycat attack following the Pittsburgh massacre last Saturday at the Tree of life synagogue in which 11 people were shot dead and the perpetrator shouted: “All Jews must die!” It marked the deadliest anti-Semitic mass shooting in US history.
This latest incident is one of many alleged cases of anti-Semitic vandalism in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh mass shooting: vandals scrawled a swastika and racial epithet in Brooklyn Heights and a synagogue in California was defaced with the words “f**k Jews” on Wednesday.
Last month a man was charged with assault as a hate crime after beating an orthodox Jew in broad daylight in the middle of Borough Park street.
The Union Temple case is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Unit, but no suspects have been named or arrested thus far.
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