Mogen David synagogue, North Miami Beach, Florida – Local police have issued CCTV footage in a bid to identify a man caught vandalizing the synagogue.
Surveillance video captured the man approaching the venue, early Wednesday morning, on a bicycle and then violently throwing a rock at the front door, multiple times. The man then turned around and fled the scene on his bike.
A lot of people at the synagogue have expressed concern after seeing the surveillance video. “I just don’t understand. You see the guy so angry and I just don’t understand,” said congregant Noach Yoder. “I don’t know what he’s so angry about to just throw a thing over here. We learn, we pray. What’s there to be angry about?”
According to police, the suspect didn’t enter the building, but caused damage to the property still visible days later. The damage being a constant reminder of the violent anger behind what has been done to this house of worship.
Several synagogues and cars were also vandalized with hate speech in 2014 and last November, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation held a rally in Miami Beach in an effort to bring attention to the incidents.
Local police are asking anyone with information to contact Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-8477, view the surveillance footage here.