Barnstable police are looking for whoever spray-painted a backward swastika on a sign for the Cape Cod Synagogue in the Hyannis section of the city and similar graffiti on businesses and at a public highway rest area Thursday night or early yesterday morning, police said.
“This attack on the Cape Cod Synagogue and community is a disturbing reminder that hatred against Jews remains strong. Attacks on places of worship are intended to intimidate community members and it is therefore critical to remain united in opposing all forms of hate and bigotry,” Anti-Defamation League New England Regional Director Robert Trestan said in a statement. “We commend Barnstable Police Department for promptly launching an investigation.”
Vandals also spray-painted marijuana-related images and backward swastikas at two businesses, All Cape Auto Sales and Extreme Audio Cape Cod, on Yarmouth Road, said Barnstable police Sgt. Sean Sweeney.
Buildings at the rest area between Exits 6 and 7 on Route 6 also were targeted, and Sweeney said police believe all the incidents are related.
“Our best response to those who hate is to remain constant in our dedication and pride as Jews,” Rabbi David Freelund said in a message to his congregation at the Cape Cod Synagogue.
“We have been charged as a people with the mission to make the world a better place for all people, and to repair its faults as best we can. We will continue to do so.”
Investigators ask anyone with information about the vandalism to contact the Barnstable Police Department at 508-775-0387.
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Source: The Boston Herald