Los Angeles Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime After Someone Vandalizes Jewish Mural Near Iconic Deli

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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is investigating the vandalization of a wall next to the historic Canter’s Deli as a possible hate crime, according to CBS News.

The incident occurred Wednesday when someone called the police over messages such as “Free Gaza,” “How many dead in the name of greed?” and “Israel’s only religion is capitalism” sprayed underneath a wall with murals honoring the Jewish community, CBS News reported. (RELATED: ‘An Insult To All Americans’: Alan Dershowitz Blasts Biden Over Anti-Islamophobia Push)

ADL California tweeted photos of the vandalism.

“Thankfully, the murals themselves were not defaced,” American Jewish Committee regional director Richard Hirschhaut told CBS. “This vitriolic, ugly graffiti was scrawled below and the message was heard, and the message was felt as yet another gut punch to the Jewish community.”

The graffiti has since been cleaned up and police are still searching for a suspect, CBS reported.

Hirschhaut applauded the police response. He commended the LAPD “for their quick response, and cleanup” and expressed gratitude for “their investigation into this hateful vandalism.”

Antisemitic threats have spiked in the U.S. following the terrorist group Hamas’ surprise Oct. 7 attack on Israel. The attack sparked a war between the two parties and left at least 1,400 dead in the Jewish state, including 31 Americans. The Gaza-based terrorist group has captured hundreds, with five individuals having been freed at the time of writing.