Montreal, Canada: After waiting over two years, the anti-Semitic swastika has finally been removed from a Ile-Perrot community mailbox. The swastika graffiti was originally reported to the Canada Post. The Canada Post directed residents to the city. The city directed residents back to Canada Post. Finally, after two years of finger pointing, a graffiti abatement company was contacted who was able to remove the offensive graffiti in approximately 2 minutes.
San Antonio, Texas: A reward of $11,500 has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the graffiti vandals who attacked the Rodfei Sholom Synagogue. Rodfei Sholom Synagogue is the second largest synagogue in San Antonio.
The spray paint graffiti attack resulted in anti-semitic and racist graffiti on the synagogue and over 30 cars. The graffiti included swastikas and Ku Klux Klan references. A rock smashed one car's window.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott condemned the vandalsim, calling it an “offensive and disturbing attack on people of all faiths.”
London, England: For the second time in a month, anti-Semitic graffiti appeared on a Jewish Girls School in London.
The graffiti included a Nazi swastika and the words "Yids Sh*t". The earlier graffiti attack included the words "Yids Out"
In South Haven Michigan, local authorities and the FBI are investigating multiple swastikas that were spray painted at a Jewish Summer Camp on a variety of surfaces including a car, a sign, a building and picnic table.
Can it be just a coincidence of the choice of a swastika and its location on Jewish Camp? What is the limit of free speech and where do we as a society draw the line. Is this an artist expression or a targeted hate crime? At least there were no physical attacks or injuries, but is their a relationship? Gang violence and gang graffiti go hand in hand. And the swastika symbol is one that clearly communicates hate, intolerance and violence.
Brooklyn, New York - As Jackie Robinson stood for freedom in the face of ugly racism, now his sculpture which celebrates his courage has also been subjected to similar ugly racist attack.
"There was the word "N". And next to that there was a picture of a swastika and over that it said 'Heil,'" said Patrick, an area resident.
The inscription on the sculpture includes the following words "Robinson endured racist taunts, jeers, and death threats that would have broken the spirit of a lesser man.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer released a statement saying, "Almost every Saturday morning I stop by the statue on my bike, and am deeply moved each time. Defacing the Jackie Robinson statue is a dagger in the heart to everything America stands
for, and I hope those who are responsible are caught, punished, and taught why what they did is so disgusting and offensive."
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said in a statement, "I am beyond disgusted by the defacing of this monument to tolerance and civil rights in America's Playground. This reprehensible behavior is a direct affront to the millions of Brooklynites that stand for diversity and respect. Whatever socially disconnected individual is responsible for this racist, anti-Semitic and frankly antisocial act is clearly consumed by self-hate. When apprehended by New York's Finest, I hope the punishment will serve as a strong deterrent to any punk thinking of copying these actions."
More at ABC 7 New York
Cambridge, Ontario - A typically quiet neighborhood awoke on a Sunday morning to a rash of hate graffiti on their homes and vehicles. Swastikas were found spray painted on a variety of surfaces. Neighbors were both shocked and offended.
More at CTV Kitchener
Within days of the Boston Marathon Bombing, community residents have been shocked and outraged by the appearance of a series of swastikas graffiti tags on church building.
More at Boston Globe
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MEDFORD, Massachusetts - Anti-Semitic symbols and other hateful symbols, including Swastikas and references white supremacist groups, were spray painted on more than two dozen locations including schools, playgrounds, buildings, street signs and the athletic fields at Tufts University.
“It’s unconscionable,” said Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, “I think it’s too much of a coincidence that it would happen on a day when so many remembrance services were going on.”
The graffiti attack occurred on the night before Holocaust Remembrance Day, the annual commemoration of the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews.
“Today, we again say with one voice that these hateful messages will not be tolerated in our community,” McGlynn said.
Rabbi Braham David of Temple Shalom in Medford said, “We have tolerance for everyone, but we do not have tolerance for anti-Semitism, for bigotry, for homophobia, and for hatred in general.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Medford police at 781-395-1212 or 781-391-6404.
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From Clean City Innovation Graffiti Watch