HULL, MASS. (WHDH) - Hull police are turning to the public for help as they investigate fresh graffiti at Fort Revere that featured spray-painted anti-Semitic and racist messages.

Officers responded to Fort Revere about 9:45 a.m. Monday after visitors noticed several “disturbing acts of anti-Semitic and racist graffiti, according to Hill Police Chief John Dunn.

Several items recovered from the scene are being processed by the Plymouth County Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Police believe the incident occurred sometime over Labor Day weekend.

“The desecration of this historic monument will not be tolerated and to see that the graffiti was anti-Semitic and racist is especially disturbing,” Dunn said in a statement. “We will investigate these acts fully and apply the full strength of the law on those responsible. This is not something that will be written off as ‘kids being kids.’ There is no place for hate in our society. These kinds of messages instill fear in members of our community.”

Rabbi David Grossman of Temple Beth Shalom in Hull said the symbols and crude drawings are disturbing and cannot be simply brushed under the carpet.

“Someone out there has hatred in their heart,” Grossman said. “With all the hatred that is in the world, when we are reminded of it in such a tangible way, it is upsetting.”

Police say a purple face sticker was left along with the messages of hate and are asking anyone who recognizes that symbol to come forward.

Those visiting the fortress denounced the graffiti and said they were anxious for an arrest.

“Stop,” one woman said. “There is no reason for us to hate each other. We need to take care of each other instead of hating each other.”

Rabbi Grossman and a number of community leaders are expected to gather at the fort Thursday morning for a short program to focus on hope and healing.

In the meantime, anyone with information is asked to contact Hull Police at 781-925-1212.

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