Law enforcement officials are looking for whoever is responsible for the vandalism along the Greenbelt in Boise
, the Boise Police Department
“We recognize the significance of this being the last Saturday of Hanukkah and we are reaching out to Jewish leaders in our community to let them know we will not stand for such hateful and abhorrent behavior in our city,” BPD Chief Ryan Lee said on the department’s Twitter page.
The graffiti included anti-Semitic messaging targeting Jews
, messages of hate against minority groups and symbols including swastikas
, 李告诉 CNN affiliate KIVI. A swastika is the centerpiece of the Nazi flag and is synonymous with anti-Semitism
The graffiti was quickly covered up by Boise Parks and Recreation workers, 警察说.
“The antisemitic messages contained in the graffiti found along the Greenbelt put a literal and figurative stain on our community
. This will not be tolerated
,” 博伊西 Mayor Lauren McLean said on 脸书
“Hate speech is reprehensible. It is not who (我们) are as a city and is not part of our shared values. I invite all good people of Boise to stand with me, as I stand with our Jewish neighbors, to rebuke this hate.”
Idaho’s Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is the only Anne Frank memorial in the US
, 根据 memorial’s website. The educational park features a bronze statue of Anne Frank as well as an amphitheater
, quotes wall
, garden and classroom
Ahead of the Hanukkah holiday this year
, 的 Anti-Defamation League
发射了 #ShineALight to raise awareness around anti-Semitism and how communities can respond
Hate crimes in the US reached a 12-year-high
在 2020, 超过 7,700 criminal hate crime incidents reported to the FBI
, according to the FBI’s annual hate crime statistics report
. 曾经有 683 anti-Jewish attacks last year
, according to the FBI data
, 从下 963 在 2019.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding the vandalism to call 208-377-6790 or CrimeStoppers: at 208-343-COPS (2677), or leave a tip through the “P3 Tips” mobile app.