Arrest for hate graffiti written in the Brooklyn Synagogue


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Police arrested after disturbing hate messages were found Thursday night in a Brooklyn synagogue. This was the last of a series of anti-Semitic incidents across the nation.

26-year-old James Polite is being charged with hate crimes and graffiti against four cases of crimes.

Authorities have said that Polite was sent to Woodhull Hospital for psychiatric observation.

He is also charged with arson in Williamsburg, including a yeshiva and a Jewish banquet hall.

Graffiti in the Union Temple on the Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights read "Kill All Jewish" and "Hitler" as well as another terribly insulting language.

The police say some of it is written in a staircase with black markings, and vandalism forced the rejection of a political event because people felt threatened.

A "Get Out the Vote" event, hosted by Broad City actress Liana Glazer, was canceled as a result.

"What was scary was that it was all over the building, and then the cops were searching the building," Glazer said. "It was too crazy, it was too crazy to hold it."

Glazer was in the process of holding a political forum with state candidates Andrew Gounardes, Jim Gaughran and journalist Amy Goodman when the difficult but necessary decision was made.

"We have a situation that does not directly endanger us, but today ugly, anti-Semitic doodles have been drawing all over the last few years, recently in the last few hours," said Glazer feeling confident. "

Mayor Bill de Blasio said graffiti was the worst hate and the NYPD would find the perpetrators and hold them accountable.

"It is deeply troubling for all New Yorkers and something we do not accept here in this city," he said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo instructed the Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate and released the following statement:

"I am disgusted with the discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti in a Brooklyn prayer house, and at a time when the nation is still stumbling from the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, New Yorkers are standing in line with the Jewish community and the United States States Together Against Hatred in All Its Forms: In New York we have no tolerance for discrimination in our laws or in our minds.I have instructed the state's task force hate crimes to investigate this heinous act and those responsible to the full extent of those responsible As Governor, I also do everything in my power to ensure that our religious institutions are free of violence and intolerance, and this week we announced the introduction of an additional $ 10 million in support programs to reduce the costs of violence to protect non-public schools and cultural facilities in New York n centers, including religious institutions. The disgusting rhetoric and heinous violence in this nation has reached a fever, tearing America's strings and having to stop. In New York we have it The community is forged through chords of community and we will always stand together against hatred and discrimination. "

The NYPD says half of all hate crimes in the city are against Jewish people, and the number of incidents has increased this year.

"This person went into the facility where people go to pray and worship and recorded some derogatory hate messages," said Dermot Shea, head of NYPD detectives.

Earlier this week, Eyewitness News reported on swastikas and the N-word drawn on some brown stones in Garden Place.

Jewish leaders are calling for people of all faiths to go to the Shabbat services to assist the victims in Pittsburgh.

It was the worst attack on Jewish people in American history.

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