(JTA) — A Jewish high school in Washington State was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.
The epithets in orange, blue and gray paint on the Northwest Yeshiva High School on Mercer Island included swastikas and references to gas chambers, the Seattle Times reported. The attack occurred late on Sept. 16 and was discovered the following morning, on the eve of Yom Kippur.
The graffiti covered most of the building’s outer wall, including on the second floor. Neighborhood residents helped the school to clean off the graffiti before Yom Kippur services were held in the school’s sanctuary.
Police took the school’s security tapes in an attempt to identify the vandals.
"It’s a kick in the gut," Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld told the Seattle Times. "I’ve been here for 35 years, and… we’ve never had an incident like this. Whoever it is, I hope they eventually realize what they did and change their ways."