One of Seattle’s largest synagogues spent Saturday cleaning up Holocaust denial graffiti in what leaders say is the first time the house of worship has been the subject of such blatant anti-Semetic attacks.
The disturbing message — “Holocaust is fake history!” with the letter “S” replaced by a dollar sign — comes as Jewish community centers and cemeteries across the country are grappling with a rise in bomb threats and vandalism.
Notice the subtly slanted reporting: “disturbing message.”
It’s not disturbing to me. Not at all. But by using those words the writer implants an idea in one’s mind that is hard to shake off.
“There were two things we felt: shock and sadness, and resistance,” Senior Rabbi Daniel Weiner, of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, told NBC News. “We were shocked that this had reached our own community and that such things, such stereotypes had become frequent. But we are also adamant to not give in to the intolerance and growing climate of hate in Seattle and our nation, and will resist.”
Weiner said that a Seattle police officer who was walking off-duty in the area spotted the message at 5 a.m. Friday and immediately contacted the synagogue and opened an investigation. Police have increased their patrols and the case has now moved to the Seattle Police Department’s bias crimes unit as the search for suspects continues.
NBC News reached out to Seattle police for comment Saturday.
Weiner said a neighbor of the temple saw the vandalism and immediately rushed to put up a “Love Wins” sign written on a bed sheet to obscure the graffiti. He thanked the neighbor personally, but took the message down.
“Love wins.” People are such idiots today. Hate always wins when there’s diversity around. That’s why Jews promote diversity.
“We wanted people to confront this reality,” Weiner said.”It is difficult to pinpoint a direct causative link between these crimes and politics, but I know that those who remained silent before are now empowered to lash out at the communities they have an issue with.”
The synagogue, which was founded in 1889 and is one of the biggest in the Pacific Northwest with more than 1,500 families, also faced a scare from a suspicious package left on its doorstep later Friday. Leaders chose to err on the side of caution, calling the Seattle police to investigate.
How can reporters write comedy such as this with a straight face?
Oy vey! Muh Jew overplayed his hand by reporting the book as a suspicious package. Wouldn’t it be nice if the police exposed this one as a hoax? Don’t bet on it in insanely liberal Seattle.