Anti-Israel graffiti found at Lake Merritt in Oakland prompts hate crime investigation

Oakland police were investigating graffiti sprawled in an area at Lake Merritt as a hate crime.

Officers were called to the lake’s pergola in the 500 block of El Embarcadero on Monday, on a report of vandalism to city property. That’s where they found the walls of the structure spray-painted with words including, "End U.S. aid to Israel" and "Free Palestine."

On social media, posts showed more graffiti on other locations in the area, blasting Israel with even stronger anti-Israel wording and expressing support for Hamas.

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