Beth Israel Synagogue vandalized with hate messages
EPS hate crimes unit is investigating
The Edmonton Police Service's hate crimes unit is investigating after the Beth Israel Synagogue in west Edmonton was vandalized — the most recent in a series of attacks on places of worship in northern Alberta.
The graffiti with hate messages was first noticed on Saturday by worshippers.
While the attack was non-violent, Kitay said the graffiti messages are still unnerving.
"You just never know, you need one crazy that's been running around in France and you don't want to be faced with the same problem.”
Earlier this month, vandals targeted a Sikh temple in Mill Woods. Last October, “Go home” was painted on a mosque in Cold Lake. A home where Muslims gather to pray in Fort Saskatchewan was also egged.
No one has been charged in any of the attacks.
Meanwhile, Kitay said he would like the chance to speak face to face with those responsible.
“Approach me … let me correct some of your misconceptions in the world about our religion, and maybe some of the other religions out there, and just find out why you’re doing this,” he said.
"Don't skulk around in the darkness under cover of your hoodie, covering your head. Be a man, face us and talk about it and try and get some education and make this world a better place."