'Die Jew Rats' Found Scrawled In Brooklyn Synagogue, Police Say
May 8, 2020
PROSPECT HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN — “Broad City” star Ilana Glazer canceled her event in a Prospect Heights synagogue Thursday after a vandal covered the hallways with ant-semitic messages such as “Die Jew rats, we are here,” according to police.
The hateful messages were discovered in the stairwell and hallways of Union Temple at 17 Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights at about 8:30 pm. Thursday night, police said.
“Hitler” and “Jews better be ready,” were also written in black marker, said police, who are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Glazer, who has about to host a discussion New York state senate candidates Andrew Gounardes and Jim Gaughran and journalist Amy Goodman, canceled the event, attendees reported.
“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,” wrote Instagrammer Shelby Quackenbush.
“Organizers felt unsafe and uncomfortable carrying on with the event, and rightfully shut it down.”
“This is action in itself, gathering,” Glazer told the crowd. “We’ll follow up with more specific action, you know, for this weekend.”
The hate speech graffiti appeared just one day after another vandal drew swastikas on a Brooklyn Heights block and days after after the largest anti-Semitic attack in United States history when 11 people were massacred at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Police released a photo of the suspect — whom they describe as a 5-foot 8-inch tall, 140-pound 20-year-old with black hair and last seen wearing a red suit jacket — on Friday afternoon, just as Governor Andrew announced New York State’s Hate Crimes Task Force would investigate.
“I am disgusted by the discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti at a house of worship in Brooklyn,” Cuomo said. “At a time when the nation is still reeling from the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, New Yorkers stand united with the Jewish community and against hate in all its forms.”
In a statement, Gounardes called the vandalism, “a painful reminder that anti-Semitism and prejudice are alive and well in our own community.”
“Now more than ever, we have an obligation to reaffirm our commitment to tolerance and send a clear message that any individual or group who promotes violence and hate is not welcome in our City.”