Holocaust denial graffiti found on Seattle synagogue

Holocaust denial graffiti found on Seattle synagogue
Image: Rabbi Daniel Weiner via NBC News

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.

“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.

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