Jewish Community Center Vandalized With 19 Swastikas

Saturday marked the second time vandals targeted the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia with swastikas.

More than a dozen swastikas were spray-painted across the front of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to local news station WTOP.

> Building staff noticed the vandalism, 19 swastikas in total, shortly after 7 a.m. as they were opening up the building for the day, said David Yaffe, president of the board of directors of the community center.


> Surveillance video captured a suspect spray-painting the building around 4:30 a.m. Detectives are reviewing the evidence and are working to identify the suspect.

This is the second time the building has been targeted, Yaffe said, after vandals covered the building with swastikas in April of last year, along with a church just down the road.

> “As many of us recognize, these acts do not represent the community around the J of the community in Northern Virginia. As we also know our neighboring churches also have suffered recent vandalism,” said the center in the Saturday news release. ” … Our community’s safety will be our priority … We will continue our extensive security measures and ask the community to remain alert and vigilant.”

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