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San Francisco police investigating shop vandalized with pro-Palestinian graffiti as hate crime: Jewish owner

Police are investigating a vandalism incident that left an ice cream shop with pro-Palestinian graffiti and broken windows as a hate crime, according to the chain’s Jewish owner.

“Last week, on October 25, 2023, our flagship ice cream shop in the heart of the Mission District was vandalized, badly damaged, and plastered with graffiti,” Smitten Ice Cream owner Robyn Sue Fisher wrote on her company’s site. “The graffiti suggests that the shop was targeted because I am Jewish, and it is currently being investigated by authorities as a hate crime.”

The officers who responded to the ice cream shop’s alarm found the store’s windows shattered, San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officer Gonee Sepulveda told Fox News in a statement. “FREE PALESTIEN [sic]” was spray-painted on the shop’s window, according to Mission Local, a San Francisco-based outlet.

“Smitten’s mission is, and has always been, to spread joy,” the chain wrote on Instagram last week. “We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support.”  

“Our San Francisco (Valencia Street) location is closed right now,” the post continued. “We hope to spread more joy soon.”

“I choose love,” the shop owner continued. “Now more than ever.”

No arrests have been made as of Wednesday, according to SFPD, and the investigation is ongoing. 

Fisher did not return a request for comment. 

Jon Michael Raasch is an associate producer/writer with Fox News Digital Originals.

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