San Antonio Police Investigate Second anti-Semitic Vandalism in Week

Two Texas synagogues, as well as 30 nearby buildings and cars, have been tagged with racist slogans.

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Anti-Jewish vandalism was discovered on Monday at a San Antonio synagogue, the second anti-Semitic vandalism case in the city in the past week, police said.

The two incidents raised concern among authorities and prompted Governor Greg Abbott to call the incidents “an offensive and disturbing attack on people of all faiths.”

"Religious discrimination has no place in the State of Texas and I have faith that law enforcement spearheading this investigation will redouble their efforts to swiftly bring those responsible to justice," Abbott said in a statement on Monday.

In the most recent incident, the words "JEW" and "JEWS" were spray painted on a storage building at Congregation Agudas Achim, the largest conservative synagogue in the city.

Last week vandals spray-painted swastikas, the letters "KKK" and other racist slogans at Congregation Rodfei Sholom, the city's largest Orthodox synagogue, which is less than two miles away.

"I am extremely disgusted and saddened at what happened at our synagogue this morning, especially considering what happened at Rodfei Sholom last week," said Jeffrey Abraham, the senior rabbi at Agudas Achim.

No arrests have been made in either case and both are being treated as hate crimes, police said.

AJC, a global Jewish advocacy organization, issued a statement urging San Antonio authorities to bring the culprits to justice.

“These hateful attacks on our community are painful,” said Kim Kamen, Associate Director of AJC's Regional Offices. “Jews, indeed all Texans, need to remain vigilant.”

This week San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor joined the mayors accross Texas and the United States in signing the Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism statement, an AJC initiative.