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Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer was set to host a political event at Union Temple in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood ahead of the midterm elections. However, the Comedy Central star’s event was canceled Thursday night after the synagogue was vandalized with anti-Semitic slurs.
A custodian at the synagogue told the New York Post that multiple examples of hateful messages were written on the building, including “Kill all Jews” written on one door. Prior to the vandalism, Glazer was scheduled to speak with New York state senate candidates Andrew Gounardes and Jim Gaughran alongside journalist Amy Goodman on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m.
In an interview with Democracy Now!, Glazer responded to the vandalism by saying, “I can’t put these 200 people who came to listen in a safe space… in that danger.”
Glazer also said she believes the vandalism was the result of the “hateful rhetoric” pushed by the Trump administration. “It feels so directly incited by the hateful rhetoric that’s constantly coming out of the president’s mouth. Day in and day out, it is like this abuse,” she continued. “It really feels like this abusive partner or parent that hasn’t been this abusive like ever before.”
.@broadcity star and co-creator Ilana Glazer (@ilazer) decided to cancel an event with Amy Goodman at a Brooklyn synagogue Thursday night after the discovery of anti-Semitic messages on the walls: “I can’t put these 200 people who came to listen in a safe space… in that danger” pic.twitter.com/WY0RKR3Gcq
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) November 2, 2018
Glazer later addressed the vandalism in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Last night, we were ready to generate stories and conversations and turn them into action. 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 said. “Then, the Generator community experienced, together, how white supremacy, anti-Semitism and racism silences human rights politics and halts progress.”
Added the actress: “But they won’t stop us from communicating, canvassing, and voting. We will continue to learn, organize, and act and make this country as safe for as many people as possible.”
For his part, Gounardes responded to the incident in a statement to the Post. “I hope it doesn’t have a chilling effect on people going to vote. We can’t afford to stand in the silence or be scared or intimated,” he said, adding, “This is not the New York City that any of us want to be living in.”
The display of anti-Semitism comes less than a week after 11 people were murdered at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue in a shooting that is considered the “deadliest attack” on American Jews in the country’s history.
Friday, Nov. 2, 11:36 a.m. Updated with Glazer’s statement.
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