(CNN)As millions of Jewish folks across the country celebrate Hanukkah, police exclaim vandals painted anti-Semitic messages and symbols in tunnels discontinuance to Idaho’s Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial on Friday.
Law enforcement officials are attempting to gain whoever is responsible for the vandalism alongside the Greenbelt in Boise, the Boise Police Department (BPD) stated on Twitter.
“We acknowledge the significance of this being the final Saturday of Hanukkah and we are reaching out to Jewish leaders in our community to allow them to know we can not stand for such hateful and abhorrent behavior in our city,” BPD Chief Ryan Lee stated on the division’s Twitter internet page.
The graffiti integrated anti-Semitic messaging focused on Jews, messages of loathe in opposition to minority groups and symbols in conjunction with swastikas, Lee told CNN affiliate KIVI. A swastika is the centerpiece of the Nazi flag and is synonymous with anti-Semitism.
The graffiti became as soon as fleet covered up by Boise Parks and Game workers, police stated.
“The antisemitic messages contained within the graffiti found alongside the Greenbelt place a literal and figurative stain on our community. This could perhaps not be tolerated,” Boise Mayor Lauren McLean stated on Facebook.
“Despise speech is reprehensible. It’s not who (we) are as a city and is not very section of our shared values. I invite all truthful folks of Boise to face with me, as I stand with our Jewish neighbors, to rebuke this loathe.”
Idaho’s Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is the final observe Anne Frank memorial within the US, based fully mostly on the memorial’s internet location. The tutorial park substances a bronze statue of Anne Frank as smartly as an amphitheater, quotes wall, garden and college room.
Sooner than the Hanukkah holiday this year, the Anti-Defamation League launched #ShineALight to preserve awareness round anti-Semitism and the device in which communities can acknowledge.
Despise crimes within the US reached a 12-year-high in 2020, with extra than 7,700 prison loathe crime incidents reported to the FBI, based fully mostly on the FBI’s annual loathe crime statistics represent. There had been 683 anti-Jewish assaults final year, based fully mostly on the FBI records, down from 963 in 2019.
Police are asking any individual with recordsdata concerning the vandalism to call 208-377-6790 or CrimeStoppers: at 208-343-COPS (2677), or leave a tip thru the “P3 Tricks” mobile app.
CNN’s Joe Sutton contributed to this represent.