A Holocaust memorial in White Plains was desecrated with hateful profanities on the eve of Yom Kippur, according to police officials.
The Westchester County police discovered two flyers containing anti-Semitic messages and graphics outside of the Holocaust Garden of Remembrance on Martine Avenue on Tuesday.
“This was a purposeful situation, not a prank. It was not done offhandedly,” George Latimer, Westchester County executive, said Wednesday afternoon during a press conference that addressed the hate crime. “The location of this incident is egregious. This is at an area specifically designated to commemorate those who died due to anti-Semitism.”
The flyers — which were difficult to remove due to their adhesive backing — are believed to have been placed on the perimeter of the memorial sometime on Monday, officials said.
No one reported the profanities until Tuesday, according to the police.
The Westchester County Police are hesitant to release the images of the posters, calling the graphics “offensive” and the wording “obscene.”
Asked if the statement was that of hatred and intent, Latimer said there is “no debate about this.”
More vandalism was discovered on the inside of the memorial, but is not believed to be connected to the blatant anti-Semitic remarks found on the flyers, Latimer added.
The Jewish memorial was created by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center to honor the lives of those lost during the Holocaust, according to a website for the county’s parks department.
The investigation remains ongoing.