Police Investigate Swastikas Painted on Morgan Hill Temple

Someone painted two swastikas on the door of a Jewish temple in Morgan Hill, and police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime, according to authorities.

The graffiti at Congregation Emeth, on the 17800 block of Monterey Road, was reported to the Morgan Hill Police Department at about 5pm on Jan. 16, authorities say.

“Unknown suspect(s) painted what appeared to be two swastikas on a basement door,” MHPD Sgt. Bill Norman said.

Police have not identified or arrested a suspect.

The swastika is an ancient symbol that in modern times is used as a symbol of hate and anti-Semitism, according to the Anti Defamation League.

“Since 1945, the swastika has served as the most significant and notorious of hate symbols, anti-Semitism and white supremacy for most of the world outside of Asia,” according to an explainer on the ADL website.

“Its display is prohibited in Germany and some other countries, leading some right-wing extremists to devise variants or alternatives to the swastika that would evoke a similar effect,” the website goes on to state. “In the United States, the swastika is overwhelmingly viewed as a hate symbol.”

The FBI defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”

In 2019, the FBI says it received 7,314 reports for hate crimes nationwide. That number has increased steadily each year since about 2013, when 5,479 hate crimes were reported to federal authorities.

Anyone with information about the vandalism reported at Congregation Emeth can call Morgan Hill police at 408.779.2101.

6 Comments

  1. It is not a surprise to see wipe spread antisemitism even here in the Bay Area. Just recently a beloved far left antisemite congresswoman Rashida Tlaib called Israel a racist state for not vaccinating Palestinians. Isn’t Palestine responsible for securing vaccines for Palestinians and vaccinating them? The lies of this Congresswoman and others such as AOC, Omar, Sarsour, and Farrakhan… create a false narrative about Israel which was named after Jacob. This land was known as Cannan before. The Jews are the indigenous people of all Israel. So they can never be occupants of their own land. Jesús is a Jew not a Palestinian. Palestine did not exist in Jesus times. Israel was part of the Roman Empire. [email protected] antisemites!

  2. Yet she’s not marching with the KKK, Proud Boys, and other racist trash piles that actually commit hate crimes. Your attempt to spin the narrative is noted, however pathetic it may be.

  3. Wow, another far left and antisemite! I do not know who #ProudBoys are. I can tell you are an antisemita! “Dios los hace y solos se Juntan.” The far right and far left share some traits in common: hunger for power and control acquired through hatred not history or facts. If my narrative is wrong, tell my your narrative captain of pacotilla! Did Palestine exist during Jesus times or before? The twelve tribes of Israel where named after Jacob’s 12 sons. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel. Is this my narrative? There is not much difference between Trump and AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib; all of them extremist and full of hatred. Trump is a racist and a sexually perverted man. AOC, Omar, and Tlaib are three big time antisemites and Islamic and communist dictatorship apologists. Trump and these three women incite the extremist mob with misinformation and false narratives! [email protected] Trump and these three antisemites! Thank God centric Democrats prevailed! I am a centric Democrat! In the God of Israel we trust! Aleluya gloria a mi Deus!

  4. CAPTAINOBVIOUS’ defense for Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is …yet she is not Far-right…KKK…Eso es mi obvio! ANTISEMITES

  5. “Swastika paintings” are frequently “false flags”.

    It is a variation of FDIA (“fictitious disorder imposed on another”).

    Factitious disorder imposed on another (FDIA) formerly Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP) is a mental illness in which a person acts as if an individual he or she is caring for has a physical or mental illness when the person is not really sick.

    I.e. the “swastika painter” has a “mental illness”, (of which I am the victim), and I’m just calling attention to another person’s mental illness.