New York Synagogue Vandalism: Suspect is Former Democrat Activist
A New York Synagogue was victim of disturbing vandalism on Thursday. James Polite, 20, a former Democrat campaign worker, was arrested on Friday for writing anti-Semitic hate graffiti inside the Union Temple at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn. He was captured on surveillance footage.
“Kill the Jews,”, “Die Jew Rats, We Are Here,” and “Jews better be ready” as well as “Hitler” were scrawled inside the building. Some of the messages were written with a black marker inside the stairwell. The suspect is also being investigated for a series of fires set at seven other Jewish facilities in South Williamsburg. He is charged with four counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime and making graffiti. More charges may be pending. He was taken to a local hospital for mental evaluation.
“Earlier this morning, NYPD’s 90th Precinct received reports of fires at seven different locations throughout South Williamsburg. The perpetrator set fires at local yeshivas and synagogues in the predominantly Hasidic community. The crimes are being investigated by the Hate Crime Task Force and Fire Marshals.” NYPD statement
A “Get Out the Vote” event was cancelled due to the messages in the synagogue. They initially believed that the messages were written by a white, neo-Nazi type person and were adamant that was why they had to get out and vote Democratic. Not so much.
According to Blue Lives Matter,
“Christine Quinn, the Democratic former Speaker of the New York City Council, said Saturday she knew the suspect. Quinn said that social service agencies in the city did everything they could to help him. She said that Polite grew up in and out of the foster system, mental health system and homelessness, according to WABC.
The Daily Caller wrote,
“The suspect in the vandalism of a New York synagogue was a Democratic activist and former City Hall intern who worked on anti-hate crime issues, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
He is a “queer” black man informally adopted by a Jewish couple, and The New York Times’ charity, the Neediest Cases, helped pay for him to go to college where his focus was African American studies, according to a 2017 New York Times profile….
...His Facebook profile, reviewed by TheDCNF, shows that on Nov. 1, a day before the synagogue vandalism, he posted “A dream with eyes wide open. civil war is here. Nobody gotta die. Mexico, latin America, carribean vs. Jew nigger pigs. One person touch me this whole shit a smoking.”
At 3:46 a.m. on Nov. 1, Polite posted a cell-phone picture of a burning American flag, with the caption “Sometimes things take a lil heat to grow.” Police suspect him of setting fires at “seven shuls and yeshivas in Williamsburg” that same night, before the temple vandalism. Security footage captured that, too.
The Facebook profile’s pictures and biographical information reveal that it is the same man in The New York Times’ profile. Its URL includes James Polite, but he changed his online name to Abraham Aali.
So why did he change his name to what appears to be an Arabic one? Someone might want to ask him where that hatred of Jews came from. Things are not always what people assume.
NYPD arrests James Polite — the man they say is in this surveillance picture – in connection with anti Semitic graffiti found inside Union Temple in Prospect Heights. He’s believed to have also set fires outside schuls & yeshivas in Williamsburg @CBSNewYork pic.twitter.com/WMm4UznAvf
— Jessica Layton (@JLaytonTV) November 3, 2018
Hate aimed at ANY community in NYC is an attack on EVERY community in NYC. Stand with us & show the individual below—WANTED for anti-Semitic graffiti inside Union Temple in #Brooklyn—that hate has no place in NYC. Call CRIMESTOPPERS 800-577-TIPS #ShabbatShalom pic.twitter.com/OU3rkvD04C
— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) November 2, 2018
Oh, and in case you were wondering:
VIA NYT: “During the past 22 months, not one person caught or identified as the aggressor in an anti-Semitic hate crime [In NYC] has been associated with a far right-wing group,” per Mark Molinari, commanding officer of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force.https://t.co/AGIx1F8fCj
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) October 31, 2018