Vandals spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti on the wall of a Seattle synagogue during the night between Thursday and Friday, in the latest in a wave vandalism and threats targeting U.S. Jews over the past few months.
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The staff and members of the Temple De Hirsch Sinai Reform synagogue discovered the statement: "Holocau$t i$ fake hi$tory!" spray-painted in black on the wall of their Synagogue Friday morning.
“It really is a toxic mix of Holocaust denial, the stereotypical charge that Jews are obsessed with money, and the notion coming from the administration that all facts are fungible fake facts, fake history,” the synagogue's spiritual leader Rabbi Daniel Weiner told the Seattle Times.
A neighbor who discovered the graffiti covered it with a bed sheet on which he wrote "Love wins," the Seattle Times reported, but Rabbi Weiner took it down because, as he told the Times "I think it’s extremely important that people see this."
The newspaper also reported that the incident was followed by a bomb scare when a box was discovered by the synagogue, and seemed suspicious. When the Seattle bomb squad arrived it turned out that the box was filled with books donated to the synagogue.
Over the past few months Jewish centers across the United States had received bomb threats and a number of cemeteries were vandalized by anonymous vandals. The press has characterized these events as a wave of attacks against Jews.