ADL Condemns Incidents Of Anti-Semitic Graffiti at Chicago-Area Synagogue

Chicago, IL, March 28, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemns three incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti found at Anshe Emet, a conservative synagogue and day school in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. 

A video shows one person allegedly committing the vandalism between 12:45 a.m. and 1 a.m. The graffiti included the statements "Jews murder," "Jews rape," and "Jews kill." The graffiti located at the parking lot was covered with tarps before the children arrived at the school.

"On the heels of the tragedy in Toulouse, France, the hateful vandalism at Anshe Emet is an indication that anti-Semitism is alive and rampant around the world. We deplore these despicable and hateful acts which affect not only the Jewish community but the community at large," said Lonnie Nasatir, ADL Regional Director.  

"We applaud the Chicago Police Department for taking these incidents seriously. We hope that the perpetrator(s) will be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

The League is working closely with Anshe Emet and local law enforcement as the investigation proceeds. 

ADL's experts are providing information and assistance to investigators working to solve the case and will be offering security resources to Jewish institutions in the Chicago-land area.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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