Florida Synagogue Vandalized on Rosh Hashanah Eve in Alleged Hate Crime

'Free Palestine' spray-painted on entrance to Chabad building in Parkland in south Florida.

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'Free Palestine' spray-painted on entrance to Chabad synagogue in Parkland in South Florida on Rosh Hashana eve. October 2, 2016.
'Free Palestine' spray-painted on entrance to Chabad synagogue in Parkland in South Florida on Rosh Hashana eve. October 2, 2016.Credit: Screengrab, Orlando Sentinel
The Associated Press

Officials say a South Florida synagogue was vandalized on the eve of Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah.

Local news organizations report that someone spray-painted expletives on the building of the Chabad of Parkland on Saturday. The person or people responsible also wrote graffiti that read "Free Palestine" on the synagogue's front sign and spray-painted the number "12" on the building, which is often used as a derogatory term for police.

Rabbi Shuey Biston calls the act a hate crime and says the graffiti was written to try to intimidate the Jewish community. "Our response to these kinds of acts is always to add a little positive energy and some light and love."

Parkland Mayor Michael Udine says graffiti with hateful language also was found in other parts of the city.

The Broward Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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