An occasion hosted by “Broad City”’s Ilana Glazer at Brooklyn’s Murmrr Theatre—which is positioned contained in the Union Temple, a Brooklyn synagogue—was canceled after anti-Semitic messages were found scrawled on the within of the venue. The police arrested 26-year-old James Polite in reference to the vandalism on Friday, The New York Times reports. He was charged with a hate crime and felony mischief for the incident.
Police took Polite into custody on the scene of a hearth. He was additionally charged with arson and reckless endangerment for allegedly setting fires at 4 Jewish group buildings, together with two faculties. According to the Times, graffiti studying “Die Jew Rats,” “Hitler,” and “Jew better be ready” had been written in black marker on the synagogue’s partitions. On Saturday, Polite was being held for psychiatric analysis.
Polite was profiled in a 2017 Times feature. For years, he interned with former New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn and labored on initiatives to struggle hate crime, sexual assault, and home violence.
The occasion was set to characteristic Glazer in dialog with Amy Goodman, the host of the radio present “Democracy Now!,” and two candidates for New York State Senate. Murmrr Theatre is a live performance venue; upcoming exhibits embody Jeff Tweedy, OCS, Cass McCombs, Kimbra, and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Pitchfork has hosted occasions at Murmrr prior to now.