“Everyone was passing by and taking pictures, not just Jews.”
Police are working to find the perpetrators and determine if there was an anti-Semitic motive behind the dismantling of the fountain.
A local pastor was among those who came to clean the graffiti up. “Stuff like this just ticks me off,” he said.
“We must be better prepared to address incidents of hate in our community,” Highland Park’s mayor said on Facebook.
The American Jewish University, the Westwood Charter School and Milken Community High School were targeted.
The synagogue and cultural center said the vandalism contained a swastika and anti-Semitic language.
Richard Tobin, 18, Tobin also confessed to driving to a New Jersey mall with a machete that he planned to use to kill black shoppers.
The rabbi of the Falmouth Jewish Congregation said it’s the first such incident in his nearly 30 years leading the congregation.
The graffiti painted on The Rock in the center of campus read: “Jews did 9-11. Google: Dancing Israelis.”
The incident was painful for congregants whose ancestors were expelled from Muslim countries in the Middle East after the establishment of Israel.