By COLlive reporter
Antisemitic graffiti painted on a side door of Chabad on River located on Fort Lowell Road in Tucson, Arizona, was discovered on Monday morning.
Rabbi Rami Bigelman, the center’s director, found the vandalism when he was about to give a Torah class. He estimates that the scribbling in red paint was done over the last two days.
A large Nazi swastika was accompanied by the wording “dirty kyke,” an ethnic slur for a Jew. “We are obviously devastated by this,” Rabbi Bigelman said.
Chabad on River, which houses a synagogue and classes, is one of the 5 Chabad centers operating in Southern Arizona. Rabbi Yossie Shemtov, Executive Director of Chabad Tucson, stated: “We are determined not to be affected by this distressing incident and will continue serving the wider community.”
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) said in a statement: “There is no place for antisemitic hate crimes in our community. We urge the community to collectively increase awareness around places of worship and report any suspicious activities.”
This incident follows a barrage of anti-Jewish attacks across the United States in recent weeks. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported a 75% increase in antisemitism reports of verbal and physical violence, as well as properties being vandalized and damaged.
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