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Texas Governor Condemns Second Antisemitic Graffiti Attack in San Antonio

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A second Jewish congregation in San Antonio was hit by antisemitic graffiti. Photo: Twitter.

A second Jewish congregation in San Antonio was hit by antisemitic graffiti. Photo: Twitter.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday condemned a pair of antisemitic graffiti attacks after racial slurs were found daubed at a San Antonio synagogue just days after cars and houses were vandalized in a Jewish neighborhood in the city.

“Today’s second instance of antisemitic vandalism in San Antonio is an offensive and disturbing attack on people of all faiths,” said Abbott. “Religious discrimination has no place in the State of Texas and I have faith that law enforcement spearheading this investigation will redouble their efforts to swiftly bring those responsible to justice.”

Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham of Congregation Agudas Achim said a maintenance worker on Monday morning found the words “Jew Jew” spray-painted on a storage shed behind the synagogue, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Two barbecue grills were also missing.

The synagogue is located less than three miles away from Congregation Rodfei Shalom, which faced an antisemitic vandalism attack last week in which hateful graffiti was spray-painted on the congregation’s property as well as more than 30 homes and vehicles in the surrounding area.

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“I was already disgusted by what happened at Rodfei Sholom last week,” Abraham said. “This hits a little closer to home because it’s at my synagogue. I am just saddened that people would stoop to this level to try to break our community.”

Late last week, Police said they had identified a suspect in the Rodfei Shalom attack and offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, The Algemeiner previously reported.

The San Antonio Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Director Judy Lackritz said it was upsetting that the incident at Agudas Achim occurred just days after last week’s attack.

“We’re very sad that this would happen so soon after the incident at Rodfei Sholom,” she said. “We appreciate that law enforcement are taking it seriously in both cases  We are so heartened at the outpouring of support we have received throughout the city from all different religious groups.”

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