Police in Skokie, Ill are investigating a suspected incident of vandalism at a Chicago-area synagogue over the weekend as a hate crime.
Authorities in Skokie said video surveillance at the Persian Hebrew Congregation shows a person smashing a window on Sunday March 15, according to ABC7 Chicago. The person left a flag, and a pro-Palestine sign outside of the synagogue.
Steve Hoffman, the former president of synagogue, told ABC7 Chicago that they have now hired security to protect their house of worship. “I hope that people who want to protest have peaceful protests and that it won’t devolve into vandalism,” Hoffman told the station.
The reported vandalism comes amid rising tension between the countries of Israel, and Palestine. No one was present at the synagogue at the time of the reported vandalism, and no one was injured.