An interview and political discussion event hosted by “Broad City” star Ilana Glazer at a famous Brooklyn synagogue was cancelled after anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered inside the building on Thursday evening, the New York Post reported.
The New York Police Department told the Post that “anti-Semitic messages” were written in a stairwell of the Union Temple in Prospect Heights. A custodian told the Post that the vandalism said, “Kill all Jews.”
The cancelled event was part of a series of political chats hosted by Glazer, designed to give local politicians a platform to discuss how they’re serving constituents. Glazer was set to interview journalist Amy Goodman and New York state Senate candidates Andrew Gounardes and Jim Gaughran.
According to the Post, one attendee wrote on Facebook that Glazer said the event was cancelled because the threat made her uncomfortable bringing a large group of people into the building after the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead last week. The gunman in Pittsburgh allegedly yelled “All Jews must die” before opening fire on those gathered.
In a statement to TPM, Democratic candidate Gounardes called for more “tolerance” and for an end to “hate.”
“Like most of the nation, I am still grieving the senseless, violent murders of 11 innocent people in a synagogue in Pittsburgh this past weekend,” he said. “Tonight’s attack, right here in a temple in Brooklyn–is a painful reminder that anti-semitism and prejudice are alive and well in our own community. I commend the NYPD for their quick response and believe whoever committed this hate crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Now more than ever, we have an obligation to reaffirm our commitment to tolerance and send a clear message that any individual or group who promotes violence and hate is not welcome in our city.”