A derogatory term for Jews was spray-painted on a brick building at a Duke Ellington School of the Arts playing field, DCist reported Aug. 16. The field is used as a practice field by the Georgetown University track team.
The anti-Semitic graffiti, now painted over by workers, was spotted by a Georgetown University graduate student. “We hope to hold a unity vigil there soon — at this tense time,” wrote Kishan Putta, a member of the D.C. Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs who lives nearby, in an email to The Georgetowner.
The incident is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department as a hate crime.
Reported bias-related crimes in the District were up more than 60 percent in 2016 over the prior year, according to MPD, going from five to 18. Of the 18, 12 were directed at the Jewish community. In May, anti-Semitic graffiti was found in a restroom near the Makom Jewish Gathering Space at Georgetown University, Fox 5 DC reported.