On Monday, anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered near the Bethesda Trolley Trail in Maryland.
It included a swastika and stick figures hanging from gallows with the phrase “no mercy for Jews.”
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington CEO Gil Preuss issued a statement in response to the graffiti discovery on Monday and the recent distribution of antisemitic flyers in Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood, saying, “These antisemitic and hateful symbols and materials have no place in our society.”
“Federation continues to work closely with our security team and local law enforcement to learn more about these incidents and continue to keep our community safe,” said Preuss.
“Our Jewish community continues to stand strong and resilient in the face of hatred and antisemitism in all forms, and we ask the greater community to stand with us in this fight against hate,” Preuss added.
The American Jewish Committee’s Washington office director, Alan Ronkin, described the graffiti as “a horrible reminder of the spread of antisemitism in our country.”
These hateful words won’t scare the Jewish community, Ronkin declared.
“As a proud and influential community, we stand with our friends and allies. We appreciate local law enforcement’s attention to this matter and local authorities’ assistance in removing the graffiti.
Several antisemitic incidents, including offensive posters targeting Zionists and demonstrations advocating for terrorism against Jews, have lately occurred near George Washington University in the same area.
Leaflets with the text “Zionists F*** Off” were discovered throughout the school’s main campus in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington.