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Man urinates on synagogue, gives surveillance camera the finger

Philadelphia police are on the hunt for a man who urinated on a synagogue and also gave the surveillance camera, which captured the whole thing, the middle finger, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The ugly incident occurred early Sunday morning outside of a synagogue called Congregation Beth Solomon in Northeast Philadelphia.

Surveillance footage clearly shows the man giving the camera the middle finger. The video then shows him urinating and staring at the camera as he finishes and zips up.

The footage also shows him making a getaway in a white sedan. Authorities describe the suspect as being a male, 20 years-of-age, thin build, light complexion, short beard, black hair, wearing a white shirt, and jeans.

Philadelphia Police Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum said they are dedicated to capturing the vandal and that they believe this was an anti-Semitic attack, according to ABC 6.

“We believe the synagogue was targeted,” he said.

The Anti-Defamation League has released a statement on this recent incident of vandalism.

“We are revolted by this most recent display of anti-Semitism in Northeast Philadelphia,” ADL Regional Director Nancy K. Baron-Baer wrote. “We’ve seen vandalism targeting Jewish institutions in the region before, but this latest incident turns the stomach. The amount of hate a person must feel to desecrate a house of worship in this way is incomprehensible and contemptible.”

Anyone with information on the the whereabouts of this man can contact Philadelphia police at 216-686-8477.

Incidentally, this is the third act of vandalism to befall the synagogue in less than a year. In September of 2016 a menorah was stolen and in January graffiti was painted near the synagogue’s ritual bath.

[Featured Image: Police handout]