“They told me they had received an anonymous tip and come to check it out. They were going through the alley to see if anyone knew what had happened. I was shocked. It was the first I had seen of it.”
Nadel said that he was unaware of any reason he or any of his neighbors would have been specifically targeted other than the fact that there is a large Jewish community in the neighborhood.
“This wasn’t anyone with any personal vendetta against any of us, so far as I can tell,” Nadel said. Officers searched the area for hours and conducted numerous follow-up interviews with residents, Nadel said. But so far, police have not publicly identified or described any possible suspect. City officials quickly responded to the matter, and the graffiti had been painted over by public works staff by the following morning, Nadel said.
Nadel added that police at the scene told him they were investigating at least one other report of vandalism in the city, but did not specify whether it was a possible hate incident. As the Courier was going to press, media reports surfaced of another antisemitic message found on Oct. 25, outside of the Bedford Manor Apartments on Bedford Drive.
Earlier this month, Mayor Dr. Julian Gold announced that police would increase their presence around synagogues and other sites relevant to Jewish people in Beverly Hills.