Dec 07, 2021

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A synagogue in Jerusalem was vandalized with crosses on September 11, according to the Israeli police.

The crosses were spray-painted in black on the wall and windows of the synagogue, police spokesperson Luba Samri said.

A forensics team was called to the scene and police have launched an investigation into the Sept. 12. There is no clear motive or suspects identified yet, Samri said.

Wadie Abunassar, an adviser to the Catholic Church in Israel, condemned the incident on his Facebook page, according to the Times of Israel.

“All peoples should respect each other, especially the others’ holy sites,” Abunassar said.

Similar incidents of hate crimes against religious buildings in Jerusalem have occurred in recent years, including graffiti of Hitler’s face and Nazi slogans spray painted on a Tel Aviv synagogue and other buildings in January. In February, a Jewish man was arrested for hanging a pig’s foot at the Arad synagogue entrance.