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Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found On Staten Island Synagogue

May 24, 2019 - 11:12 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Messages of hate have rocked a community on Staten Island.

Someone wrote the words "synagogue of Satan" on the wall of the Chabad of Staten Island on Harold Street. Across the street, someone spray painted "SOS" on a yeshiva. 

It's believed the graffiti was written on Wednesday night on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer.

The NYPD says no one has been arrested yet and that they continue to investigate.

Rep. Max Rose called the vandalism "gut wrenching."

"‪But we cannot ignore it. We must acknowledge that not only does such hate exist, but unfortunately it’s on the rise," Rose said. "We must unite around denouncing such hate. This cannot stand.‬"

The NYPD reported earlier this month that there has been a startling increase in hate crimes throughout the city in 2019.

Exactly 145 hate crimes have been reported in the first three months of the year, a shocking contrast to the 87 reported at time in 2018. Authorities say 57% of all hate crimes reported in 2019 were anti-Semitic in nature.