Pastor Rushes to Show Support for San Antonio Jews After Antisemitic Graffiti Attack
Evangelical Pastor John Hagee, the spiritual leader of San Antonio’s Cornerstone megachurch and founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), raced to show support for his local Jewish community after it faced a major antisemitic graffiti attack on Wednesday.
“We consider this antisemitic attack an assault on both Christians and Jews,” Hagee said on Thursday. “This act of hatred is an affront on all people of faith. Antisemitism is an abomination and we must unequivocally confront it whenever and wherever it is found.”
Members of San Antonio’s Rodfei Sholom Congregation discovered the antisemitic vandalism after early morning prayer services, The Algemeiner previously reported. The graffiti, which was found spray-painted on more than 30 homes and vehicles, included images of swastikas, “KKK” lettering and other hateful slurs.
In a video released on Wednesday together with Rodfei Sholom’s Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, Hagee said the attack on the synagogue was “an attack against Christians everywhere.”
“If a line has to be drawn, draw around both Christians and Jews, we are united,” he continued.
He also called upon San Antonio residents to help police find the “hoodlums” behind the attack so that they could be swiftly brought to justice and “punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
The CUFI chairman said he headed straight to the Orthodox synagogue immediately after he heard about the hate crime in order to express solidarity with the local Jewish community, the congregation and Rabbi Scheinberg, whom Hagee called a “dear friend” of over 34 years.
Scheinberg said Hagee’s presence at the synagogue following the attack gives the Jewish community “tremendous strength that good will overcome evil and that love will overpower hatred.”