A message in Pittsburgh pine cones: 'Kill the Jews'

Was it really just child's play?

May 31, 2017 17:20
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Pine cones spelling out antisemitic messages near Pittsburgh, US.

Pine cones spelling out antisemitic messages near Pittsburgh, US.. (photo credit: screenshot)


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"Kill the Jews!" read a message spelled out in pine cones in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Wednesday that, according to local police Lt. Duane Fisher, the antisemitic statement appeared on the curb alongside a swastika at the corner of Overlook Drive and Arden road on Tuesday morning.


"We don't know when the message was put out, but it was removed by 6:30 this morning when we responded," Fisher said.

The Post-Gazette reported that the woman who found the statement was so upset by it that she took a snapshot of the hate message before rearranging the pine cones to spell out "Love."

According to CBS Pittsburgh, members of the neighborhood are confused. "This is a really inclusive neighborhood," resident Nancy Kirschner told CBS. "Go around, you'll see signs written in Spanish, English and Arabic welcoming people."

It is the third such incident in the area in the past year. In December, four swastikas were drawn in the girls restroom at a local middle school, and earlier, a swastika was drawn in the mulch of an area elementary school playground.

While Fisher told the Post-Gazette that he did not believe the incidents were related, he said "I wouldn't be surprised if it was someone in the same age group that isn't aware of the weight of their words and what they're writing and the potential impact it has on people."

Fisher added that the school crossing guard often uses the pine cones on that curb, which is in front of a vacant home, to spell out messages for the children, like "Have a good weekend!"

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