(JTA) – Anti-Semitic graffiti was spray painted on some 30 cars and buildings in a San Antonio, Texas neighbourhood near an Orthodox synagogue.
The graffiti discovered on Wednesday included swastikas and references to the Ku Klux Klan, according to local reports. At least one car’s side window was smashed in with a rock.
Much of the vandalism was centred on the streets Sholom Drive and Sholom Place, which border the Congregation Rodfei Sholom.
Most of the congregation’s 300 member families live near the synagogue.
The vandalism was noticed after morning services at about 7 am on Wednesday.
“I want to tell those who did this that you have done something destructive,” said Rabbi Arnold Scheinberg, the senior rabbi at Congregation Rodfei Shalom, told News Radio 1200 WOAI. “Your life could be much better if you could have more love than hate. We’re sorry for you, we are sorry the way you express your life.”
The synagogue members are “outraged that in this day and age there are people who still live in their own minds and own worlds where it seems to be okay to hate people based on their religion,” synagogue board member Howard Feinberg told the Times-Picayune newspaper. “We are cleaning up and moving on.”
San Antonio police have opened an investigation into the incident.