Another antisemitic in the country, this time in Seattle, Washington, took place on Monday night, wherein a man clad in a ‘USA’ cap was recorded on a security camera approaching a Jewish family’s house making threatening antisemitic gestures, followed by death threats.
The Seattle police have launched a probe on the hate crime at the house located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. As reported by local media, the home had a mezuzah on the door and was therefore identifiable as a Jewish home.
The homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous, told local media that she first saw the man walk past the house in a Nazi salute. A few moments later, he returned outside, stood below the window to the room occupied by the daughter of the house, and shouted that he would kill her parents and kidnap her.
“My entire life is affected by what anti-semitism can do, and this is the most overt incident I’ve ever experienced, and I’m scared,” she said while speaking to Seattle’s Channel 5. “There has been in the past artwork up in my daughter’s window, girl scouts things up,” she added. “There wasn’t that night, which means he had seen our home before and was revisiting it, which is terrifying.”
In Washington, over the years, several major antisemitic incidents have been on the rise. One of the major attacks was the October 2019 shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11, and gained momentum amid an uptick in reported anti-Semitic incidents in Washington, along with other kinds of hate crimes. Some instances include many instances of graffiti, with a swastika being a common image, found everywhere from a park bathroom in Seattle to a fence in Maple Valley to a dry erase board at Whitman College in Walla Walla. A Jewish woman in Seattle also had her garage and pavement outside her home spray-painted with the words “Jew” and “(expletive) Jew thieve.” Occasionally, anti-Semitism has turned confrontational, with one woman and child in Seattle verbally accosted outside by someone yelling slurs.
As it stands, Seattle police are asking for help in identifying the suspect, who was caught on video by the house’s security camera.