An Orthodox synagogue in Brooklyn, N.Y., had its windows broken during an act of vandalism on the evening of Oct. 4.
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department told the Journal that the man used a flagpole to break the windows of the Shore Parkway Jewish Center; he then entered the synagogue and continued to damage the property. The suspect, Osman Butt, 25, was subsequently arrested and charged with burglary and criminal mischief hate crimes.
Various local politicians condemned the vandalism.
“Disgusted by the antisemitic attack on the Shore Parkway Jewish Center last night,” Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) tweeted. “I’ve spoken to the synagogue’s leadership and a suspect has been arrested. None of us can be quiet in the face of anti-Semitism. We all must stand together to confront this timeless hatred.”
New York Assemblymember and congressional candidate Nicole Malliotakas, a Republican, similarly tweeted, “Shocked to hear that The Synagogue at the Shore Parkway Jewish Center was vandalized late last night leaving broken windows and other significant damage. Thankfully, the NYPD arrested a suspect.”
She added in a subsequent tweet, “There is no place in our city or nation for anti-Semitism & it will take people of every faith to stop it.”