USA - Antisemitic, racist graffiti found on wall of synagogue in Highland Park

Highland Park, Chicago, IL - A hate crime investigation is underway after racist and antisemitic graffiti was found scrawled on a synagogue in suburban Highland Park last week.

Someone scrawled a racial slur and a message attacking Black and Jewish people on a wall outside of Central Avenue Synagogue, 874 Central Ave., sometime before Nov. 20, Highland Park Deputy Police Chief Bill Bonaguidi said.

The graffiti appeared to have been made with a marker and was written across five different bricks, Bonaguidi said.

“Highland Park does not tolerate any kind of hateful activity,” Bonaguidi said. “We have a zero tolerance policy for this kind of behavior.”

Bonaguidi said the department is investigating the incident as a hate crime, and he doesn’t recall the synagogue being the target of other attacks. There are currently no leads in the investigation.