A political event at a New York City synagogue hosted by “Broad City” comedian Ilana Glazer was cancelled after anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered inside the venue.
According to NYPD, hateful slurs and the message “Kill all Jews” were found scrawled in multiple locations inside Union Temple in Brooklyn Heights on Thursday at 8 p.m. when the event was scheduled to begin. Glazer, who was scheduled to interview journalist Amy Goodman and New York state senate candidates Andrew Gounardes and Jim Gaughran, came out on stage at 8:30 p.m. to announce the event had been cancelled due to the discovery of the threatening graffiti. The event was part of a series hosted by Glazer in which she interviews activists and politicians.
“Ilana came out visibly upset to let us know what had happened,” Shelby Quackenbush, who was at the event, tells Gothamist. “We heard that someone had just before the event scrawled anti-Semitic hate speech and slurs on the walls of the synagogue where the talk was to take place and the organizers felt unsafe continuing with the event.”
“She didn’t feel comfortable ushering 200 people into the enclosed space; potential sitting ducks,” attendee Kathryn Gonzalez posted on Facebook.
The cancellation comes days after vandals painted a swastika and racial epithets on a nearby brownstone and less than a week after a mass murder at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
“There was a lot of anxiety,” Gonzalez later told the Post. “Especially given last weekend’s events and the upcoming election, the tension and fear feels heightened.”
The New York Times reports the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the threatening graffiti at Union Temple, which reportedly includes the hand-written words “Die Jew rats we are here,” “Hitler,” “Jew better be ready,” and “End it now.”
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My friends surprised me for my birthday tonight with tickets to see @ilanusglazer speak at @generatorcollective – a series of talks with activists and politicians about the importance of voting and humanizing politics. Unfortunately, after waiting for over an hour to enter the auditorium, we were notified that some emboldened bigot had covered the walls of the Jewish temple that was housing the event with anti-Semitic symbols and slurs. Organizers felt unsafe and uncomfortable carrying on with the event, and rightfully shut it down. THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO ELECT GOOD PEOPLE INTO OFFICE. This is why we gathered tonight. This is why we protest and demand real, direct action against acts of hate and violence. Thank you to the ever-badass @ilanusglazer and Amy Goodman of @democracynow for putting these kinds of events together and staying strong in the face of incredible intolerance. We will not be stopped or silenced. Your hate has no place in this country. ✊🏽 #VOTE