RELIGION

Vandals target Seattle synagogue, spray-paint with graffiti

Police say a Seattle synagogue in the Capitol Hill neighborhood was vandalized with anti-Semitic Holocaust-denying graffiti.

The Seattle Times reports (https://goo.gl/xJS6xe ) a police officer discovered the spray-painted message Friday morning on an exterior wall of Temple De Hirsch Sinai.

Rabbi Daniel Weiner says the message reads "The Holocaust is fake history." The "s'' characters in the graffiti are dollar signs.

Weiner says it "really is a toxic mix of Holocaust denial, the stereotypical charge that Jews are obsessed with money, and the notion coming from the (President Trump) administration that all facts are fungible . fake facts, fake history."

Weiner says for a time Friday a bed sheet saying "Love Wins" was hung over the graffiti, but he thinks it's important for people to see what was done.

Seattle police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement Friday that he that he continues to stand with the Jewish community as he has stood with all Washingtonians.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com