“The congregation is really disappointed. We’re really taken aback,” Rabbi Ram Bigelman of the Chabad on River synagogue told CNN on Tuesday. “We didn’t think such antisemitism existed in our community.”
“These horrendous antisemitic acts will not be tolerated, and there is no place for hatred in our community,” the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona said in a written statement Tuesday.
Bigelman told CNN he believes the vandalism — which included the phrase “dirty k**e” painted in all-capital letters — probably took place Sunday night.
“One of the congregants walked in [Monday], and he saw it while going to shul,” Bigelman said. The synagogue now plans to put in a new security system.
Tucson Police Officer Frank Magos told CNN on Tuesday evening that they have no surveillance footage, and no witnesses have come forward so far.
“Right now, we have detectives with our Street Crimes Interdiction Unit investigating it,” Magos said. “We do not have a suspect identified, and nobody has been detained.”
The graffiti was condemned by Arizona politicians.