Graffiti found at a Seattle synagogue. (Photo: Joanna Small/Facebook)

Synagogue vandalized with anti-Semitic, holocaust-denying graffiti

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"Holocaust is fake history," the graffiti reads. 

A Seattle Police Department officer working off-duty spotted the spray-painted message on an exterior wall of Temple De Hirsch Sinai early Friday. 

The temple left a sign next to the graffiti, "Temple De Hirsch Sinai is aware of this graffiti. We are choosing to leave it exposed for the time being." 

Hours later on Friday afternoon, police investigated what they first called a "suspicious package" on 16th Avenue. It was later determined to be a book donation.

In a roundtable discussion on Thursday, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and faith leaders talked about how to combat the rising level of threats and hate speech. Cantwell said she is working on a letter with Homeland Security officials about the department being more aggressive in dealing with hate crimes.

“We need to be able to say to people we are going to bring attention and speak out against these hateful acts,” Cantwell said.

The senator’s roundtable discussion comes a week after Kent police opened a hate crime investigation into the March 3 shooting of a Sikh man.

The man was shot in a driveway by a gunman who yelled, “Go back to your own country,” police said. 

Police released a sketch on Thursday and described the suspect as a 6-foot tall man with a medium build. 

Deep Rai Singh is now recovering at his home. Fear, hurt and disbelief weighed on the minds of those in the community after the shooting.

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