The City of Fayetteville removed antisemitic graffiti from the Razorback Greenway trail after it was reported by the Temple Shalom of Northwest Arkansas.
On Saturday, Fayetteville police received a report that the graffiti, including swastikas, was painted across their adopted section of the trail. The city of Fayetteville quickly painted over the areas, but it caused concern for the Jewish community in the area.
Leadership with the Temple Shalom of Northwest Arkansas issued the following statement:
“We are saddened and disappointed that this occurred in our community. We condemn antisemitism and religious and racial prejudice in all its forms. These acts of hatred have no place in our community.”
Saturday was known by some antisemitic groups as the National Day of Hate. On that day, certain groups were set to target the Jewish community with hateful messaging. While it’s not known when the vandalism happened, it’s concerning that it was found on the National Day of Hate.
NGO StopAntisemitism was one of the several Jewish advocacy groups monitoring the “Day of Hate.’’
The Fayetteville Police Department received the report and is investigating the incident. Sgt. Tony Murphy said they see graffiti frequently but none of this nature. The police department will be looking into it.