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Man arrested in connection to anti-semitic graffiti found at Brooklyn synagogue

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The New York Police Department said Friday that James Polite, 20, of Brooklyn, was arrested in connection with antisemitic vandalism discovered at a synagogue the day before. The discovery had led to the cancellation on Thursday of a political event hosted by “Broad City” co-star Ilana Glazer.

The NYPD’s hate crime division responded to complaints of vandalism in Prospect Heights’ Union Temple on Thursday evening after congregants found hate speech, including “kill all Jews”, written in black marker within the synagogue’s stairwell. The suspect also drew a picture of the Puerto Rican flag and wrote “Free P.R.” The temple was set to host a interview with two local politicians moderated by comedian Ilana Glazer, but organizers of the event decided to cancel, citing safety concerns.

Police said Polite was seen on a surveillance video wearing a red suit jacket and using a black marker to write messages throughout the building before fleeing.