Skip To Content
BuzzFeed News Home Reporting To You

Utilizamos cookies, próprios e de terceiros, que o reconhecem e identificam como um usuário único, para garantir a melhor experiência de navegação, personalizar conteúdo e anúncios, e melhorar o desempenho do nosso site e serviços. Esses Cookies nos permitem coletar alguns dados pessoais sobre você, como sua ID exclusiva atribuída ao seu dispositivo, endereço de IP, tipo de dispositivo e navegador, conteúdos visualizados ou outras ações realizadas usando nossos serviços, país e idioma selecionados, entre outros. Para saber mais sobre nossa política de cookies, acesse link.

Caso não concorde com o uso cookies dessa forma, você deverá ajustar as configurações de seu navegador ou deixar de acessar o nosso site e serviços. Ao continuar com a navegação em nosso site, você aceita o uso de cookies.

Someone Spray-Painted Holocaust Denial Graffiti On A Jewish Temple

Seattle police are investigating the graffiti, which called the Holocaust "fake history."

Last updated on March 10, 2017, at 6:08 p.m. ET

Posted on March 10, 2017, at 4:58 p.m. ET

Google Maps

Seattle police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti on the wall of a local Jewish temple that denied the Holocaust — the latest incident in a series of threats and harassment targeting the Jewish community nationwide in recent weeks.

The graffiti, which read "Holocaust is fake history!", was discovered Friday morning by an off-duty officer on the facade of the Temple De Hirsch Sinai, police said in a statement. (A dollar sign appeared to be used in place of the letter S in the graffiti).

"The officer contacted the temple and documented the hate-graffiti, and police are conducting additional patrols in the area," the police department said.

Seattle police's bias crimes unit is also investigating.

Someone vandalized the largest synagogue in PNW with these words #Q13FOX

Upon seeing the graffiti for himself, Rabbi Daniel Weiner told BuzzFeed News he felt "a sense of horror and anger and frustration, but by the same token a bit of disappointed expectation in the sense that we weren't surprised with everything going on in the country."

The US Jewish community has been alarmed by more than 100 threats made against them in 2017.

On Tuesday, Jewish centers and schools in at least nine states and the District of Columbia received confirmed bomb threats, forcing evacuations and closures — the sixth such time this year that Jewish facilities have been targeted.

A former disgraced journalist, Juan Thompson, was arrested and charged March 3 in connection with threats in eight states. Federal officials claim Thompson made the threats as a hoax to get revenge on an ex-girlfriend.

The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday condemned what Secretary John Kelly described as " an unacceptable and disturbing rise in the number of apparent hate-inspired attacks and harassment against individuals and communities."

"I strongly condemn any violent acts to perpetuate fear and intimidation not only against individuals, but entire communities," Kelly said in a statement that did not explicitly mention the Jewish community. "I pledge the full support of the Department of Homeland Security to assist local, state, and federal investigations into these incidents."

Rabbi Weiner, who has worked at the Temple for 16 years, says this is the most anti-Semitic act he has witnessed.

"To see it up close and personal at a place you regard as sacred is devastating," he said.

Security at the Temple would be strengthened, he added, but noted that his congregants were defiant.

"People are angry, frustrated, hurt, troubled, concerned, but also there's a degree of defiance that those who wallow in this kind of domestic terrorism cannot succeed or change how we view our country," he said.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.