(JTA) — Police are investigating who painted “f**king Jews” on the facade of a Los Angeles synagogue.
“It’s really hurtful, I mean to all the members here, they’re being hurt with such a thing that somebody passed by a synagogue and wrote such a thing on the wall,” Rabbi Shlomo Haghighi, who works at the Mishkan Torah religious seminary and synagogue in the Tarzana neighborhood, told KCAL9.
There are no suspects in custody for the vandalism, which occurred Tuesday, CBS’s KCAL9 television channel reported.
Hate crimes against Jews in America rose by more than a third in 2017 and accounted for 58 percent of all religion-based hate crimes, according to data released in November by the FBI. The report noted a 23 percent increase in religion-based hate crimes in 2017 to 1,564, representing about 20 percent of all hate crimes.