Days After Beverly Hills Synagogue Vandalism, anti-Semitic Graffiti Found in Three L.A. Schools

Hateful messages of 'time to pay' come days after synagogue in Beverly Hills was vandalized

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A surveillance video shows a suspect in the vandalism of the Nessah Synagogue, December 14, 2019.
A surveillance video shows a suspect in the vandalism of the Nessah Synagogue, December 14, 2019.Credit: Emma Nica,AP
JTA
Sam Sokol

Three Los Angeles Jewish schools were tagged with anti-Semitic graffiti days after a synagogue in Beverly Hills was found vandalized.

A swastika and hateful messages including the phrase “time to pay” were found spray-painted at the American Jewish University in Bel Air, the Westwood Charter School and Milken Community High School on Tuesday, according to a report on the LAist website.

On Saturday, a suspect described as a white male entered the Nessah Synagogue, a Persian Jewish congregation in Beverly Hills, and vandalized the sanctuary, tearing prayer books and strewing Torah scrolls on the floor.

In September, “Free Palestine” was spray-painted on the front of the Baba Sale Congregation in the Fairfax district of the city and “Six million $ was not enough” was drawn in marker on the welcome sign affixed to the gate of the city’s Temple Ahavat Shalom.

LAist cited the Anti-Defamation League as stating that there have been 36 such incidents in Los Angeles in 2019.

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