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CARMEL, Ind.–Swastikas and iron crosses, we’re painted on the side of a building at Congregation Shaary Tefilla in Carmel, which is a Jewish synagogue.

The symbols were painted sometime before Sunday morning. Yellow crime scene tape could be seen around the outbuilding.

Police are investigating the matter, confirmed Mayor Jim Brainard. 

He issued the following statement via email:

I strongly condemn the actions of those responsible for defacing a structure at the local Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel. There is no place for this kind of hatred in Carmel and it does not reflect the respectful and welcoming nature of the vast majority of our residents who come from many different cultural and faith backgrounds.

As we are reminded each year during our city’s Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony, we must never forget and never stop fighting against the hatred that led to the murder of 6 million Jews. These images that represent the ideas that led to those crimes are not reflective of what our City stands for.

I want to assure the Congregation Shaarey Tefilla and all of our residents that our Carmel Police Department is already investigating this incident and when apprehended, those responsible will be held accountable.


PHOTO: Tony Katz/Emmis