Man Arrested For Anti-Semitic Graffiti At Brooklyn Synagogue

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The scheduled event, part of Glazer's Generator Series, was supposed to be a Q&A and interview with journalist Amy Goodman and New York State Senate candidates Jim Gaughran and Andrew Gounardes, the New York Times reported.

Police say James Polite, 26, was taken into custody Friday afternoon, less than a day after the hateful messages were discovered by a congregant at the Union Temple in Prospect Heights around on the second and fourth floors of the house of worship.

Speaking with the media outlet Democracy Now! in the morning, Glazer said concern for the people gathered led to organizers cancelling the get-the-vote event.

After Polite was arrested, he was sent to a psychiatric ward at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, according to reports.

NY police found anti-Semitic graffiti spray painted on the floors of Union Temple of Brooklyn. Quinn also said she was "devastated" by his actions and denounced the graffiti at Union Temple, which she called a "vile expression of anti-Semitism". So we don't feel safe.

Police did not indicate how they determined that Polite was allegedly behind the vandalism, but they indicated that he was also being charged in connection with a number of arson incidents, including one at a yeshiva and another at a Jewish banquet hall.

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Police have made an arrest after disturbing messages of hate were found inside a Brooklyn synagogue Thursday evening, the latest in a string of anti-Semitic incidents across the nation.

According to, the NYPD says that roughly half of the almost 300 hate crimes committed in the city this year have involved anti-Semitism.

The vandalism happened days after a gunman killed 11 Jews in Pittsburgh.

Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the Union Temple congregation for Shabbat services Friday as a show of solidarity. Similar graffiti including swastikas was found at Brooklyn Heights homes Tuesday night.

Less than a week before the Brooklyn anti-Semitic incident, 11 people were killed in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Florida, on October 27.

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