Trump-swastika graffiti found in Philadelphia

Graffiti in South Philadelphia included the word 'Trump' and Nazi imagery.

By JTA
November 10, 2016 11:56
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Swastika and "Seig Heil 2016" graffiti

Swastika and "Seig Heil 2016" graffiti found in South Philly. (photo credit: ADL PHILIDELPHIA)

 
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Graffiti with Nazi imagery and the word “Trump” were discovered in Philadelphia on the same day that Donald Trump won the presidential election.

The graffiti was spotted Wednesday on a South Philadelphia storefront, Philly.com reported. Police are investigating.

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One image included the worlds “Sieg Heil 2016,” a reference to the German Nazi greeting. Another showed the word “Trump” with the T replaced with a swastika.


There were additional reports of similar images as well as other racist graffiti in South Philadelphia, according to Philly.com.

Mayor Jim Kenney condemned the graffiti. “The acts of political and racial vandalism that occurred this morning in South Philadelphia must be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” he said.

The Anti-Defamation League also denounced the “hate graffiti.”

“Swastikas and the Nazi salute send a message of intolerance and hate to the entire community,” Nancy Baron-Baer, the ADL’s regional director, said  in a statement. “The fact that today is the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht adds another layer to this already sickening act.”

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Wednesday was the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass” pogrom in 1938 against Austrian and German Jews that many Holocaust historians view as the opening shot in the Nazi-led campaign of violence against the Jews.

One Philadelphia resident, who wished to remain anonymous, posted an article about the graffiti incident on his Facebook page alongside a note about the Kristallnacht anniversary, swiftly received an antisemitic response. He told The Jerusalem Post that he received a a private message on the social media network from an old college acquaintance, wishing for a second Holocaust and expressing hope that he dies, along with the rest of the Jews.

Antisemitic discourse, particularly on social media, became increasingly vitriolic over the course of the US presidential election campaign.

Trump, who has received wide support among white nationalists, released a campaign ad late last week promising to defeat an international global power structure featuring several prominent Jews in the financial world. Critics alleged the ad used anti-Semitic tropes, but the Trump campaign denied the charges.

Tamara Zieve contributed to this report

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