‘It’s terrifying’ - Anti-Semitic graffiti found on two Ballard buildings
SEATTLE – Two buildings in Ballard were found Sunday defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.
“It says Jew with the star of David under it,” says Jonas, a Jewish resident in Ballard.
“And then that says the ‘F’ word, and Hitler under that.”
Jonas found the graffiti on a building under construction along 65th Street in Ballard.
A Star of David was also painted onto a building at the corner of 64th Street and 28th Avenue.
“It’s terrifying,” added Jonas.
“My grandfather is a Holocaust survivor. He had to wear the star. I don’t particularly want it painted on homes.”
Seattle Rabbi Daniel Weiner believes these are unabated incidences following into a nationwide trend.
“It’s also worrisome as a reflection of larger trends that are happening in this country. Particularly the ways in which people who are thought to be on the margins, have been increasingly discriminated against and made to feel fearful. And I think this is in many ways a piece of those larger concerns.”
The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating a series of bomb threats directed at more than 50 Jewish community centers in 27 states, according to the JCCA, an association of Jewish community centers. In addition, this weekend vandals damaged more than 100 headstones at a Philadelphia Jewish cemetery, less than a week after a similar incident in St. Louis.
“I think it’s a time to be concerned as a member of any minority group within this country,” added Rabbi Weiner.
On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence condemned these recent acts.
“Let me be clear – we condemn these vile acts and those who perpetuated them in the strongest possible terms. Hatred and anti-Semitism have no place in America.”