September 13, 2009 in Region

Swastikas drawn on Seattle synagogues

Associated Press

SEATTLE — Seattle police say swastikas were painted on two synagogues and on sidewalks in a south Seattle neighborhood, and that officers are treating it as malicious harassment.

Eli Varon, vice president of the Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation, says swastikas were painted Saturday or early Sunday on that synagogue and on the nearby Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzihay Hadath. Both are in the city’s Brighton neighborhood near Seward Park.

Varon says swastikas also were painted at seven spots on nearby sidewalks. He says he has cleaned the paint from the building, and Seattle police say city workers are removing it from the public areas that were defaced.

Police are asking anyone with information on the incidents to call the department’s Bias Crimes Unit at (206) 233-3898.

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