Ilana Glazer Forced To Cancel Political Event After Anti-Semitic Graffiti Threats
The 'Broad City' star had planned to host a political event at a synagogue in New York, ahead of the midterm elections next week in the United States.
However, the event was cancelled after anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered throughout the Union Temple in Brooklyn.
According to local police the words "Die Jew Rats," "Hitler", and "Jew better be ready" were scrawled on the synagogue's walls in black marker.
The incident comes just a week after the mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh when 11 worshippers were gunned down in an anti-Semitic attack.
Glazer told the crowd of 200 people who had lined up that the event had to be cancelled due to safety concerns, Democracy Now reports.
"We have a situation that we will ... that’s not presenting any immediate danger, but there were hateful, anti-Semitic **** scrawled all over the space today, very recently, within the past couple hours. So we don’t feel safe," said Glazer.
Glazer was set to interview activists, political analysts and progressive candidates running in the midterm elections at the cancelled event hosted by the community group, the Generator Collective.
"That was scary," she told Democracy Now host Amy Goodman in an interview after the incident.
"That was actually just straight up scary. And, as you know, with the mass shooting last week, it was like already eerie to be having these events in a synagogue.
"But, you know, our president’s words and our politicians’ words, who stand for white supremacy, who stand for violence and aggression, like these words turn into action so quickly," said Glazer.
Glazer implored her fans to stand up against anti-Semitism and white supremacy in a statement given to the Hollywood Reporter.
"We had beautiful, bright people ready to canvas -- knock on doors for the local elections -- and help candidates who stand up for human rights win," she wrote.
"Then, the Generator community experienced, together, how white supremacy, anti-Semitism and racism silences human rights politics and halts progress."
"But they won’t stop us from communicating, canvassing, and voting. We will continue to learn, organise, and act and make this country as safe for as many people as possible."
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