Capitol Hill Synagogue Vandalized


Anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying graffiti was spray-painted on the facade of Temple De Hirsch Sinai on Capitol Hill. The temple has chosen to leave it in place for the moment. (photo: Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle synagogue Temple De Hirsch Sinai was vandalized with graffiti saying “The Holocaust is fake history.”

By Evan Bush / The Seattle Times
March 10, 2017

“[Since the election, people] previously marginalized or silenced now feel newly empowered. The majority of us need to push back against that and convey that America is still America . . . there is no place for hate or tolerance of toxic expression.”
— Rabbi Daniel Weiner, Temple De Hirsch Sinai

A synagogue in the Capitol Hill neighborhood was vandalized overnight Thursday with anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying graffiti, said Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple De Hirsch Sinai.

A Seattle police officer discovered the spray-painted message Friday morning on the old sanctuary’s facade.

“It says, ‘The Holocaust is fake history,’ ” Weiner said. The “s” characters in the graffiti are dollar signs, Weiner said.

“It really is a toxic mix of Holocaust denial, the stereotypical charge that Jews are obsessed with money, and the notion coming from the (President Trump) administration that all facts are fungible . . . fake facts, fake history,” Weiner said.

Police also investigated a box deemed suspicious because it was found outside a door at the synagogue where deliveries are not made, said Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, who went to the scene. The box contained books that someone had donated to the synagogue, police said.

Shortly after the discovery of the graffiti, a neighbor hung a bedsheet saying “Love Wins” over the markings, Weiner said.

“It was a very sweet gesture and touching, but we took it down . . . I think it’s extremely important that people see this.”

Weiner said the Seattle police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. He said he had been hearing all morning from people who worship at the temple.

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