Chicago-area synagogue and school vandalized

| March 29, 2012

CHICAGO (MCT) — Anti-Semitic words spray-painted at a North Side synagogue and Jewish school early Wednesday were covered with tarps and later blasted from bricks and sidewalk in an effort to shield students from the hate-filled phrases, officials said.

“The kids have had a normal day in school, and they have been protected from this,” said Senior Rabbi Michael Siegel of Anshe Emet Synagogue. “Certainly we’re not going to let any one person or any group interrupt the important things we do here.”

The vandalism was reported to police about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The graffiti appeared a little more than a week after a rabbi and three children were gunned down at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, an incident that Siegel said he thinks inspired the graffiti.

“All these things are connected, and whether this is a copycat or part of a larger organized plan, I can’t say, but the connection is unmistakable,” Siegel said. “Actions lead to more actions, words to more words.”

Police were reviewing synagogue surveillance video to try to identify the vandal, said Officer John Mirabelli, a Chicago police spokesman.

Surveillance video appears to indicate that one person, believed to be a woman, is responsible for graffiti that was found in at least five spots around the synagogue and school, Siegel said. A person is seen walking around and vandalizing the building from 12:47 a.m. to 1:14 a.m.

 

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