Temple Beth Israel in Fresno vandalized

Photo of the wall with the word "Israel" missing. (FOX26 photo)

The Temple Beth Israel in Fresno was vandalized.

Rabbi Rick Winer said in a statement that the word "Israel" was torn off from the entrance wall outside the gates.

It is unknown exactly when the word was taken off the wall, but Rabbi Rick believes it happened Tuesday night.

"I was saddened to learn today that someone decided to vandalize our property in order to express their hatred toward the Jewish community here in Fresno," the statement read in part.

Rabbi Rick says police are investigating and labeling the vandalism as a hate crime.

It does not appear the person(s) responsible intended harm on the campus, Rabbi Rick said.

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