Swastikas were spray-painted on gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in a Chicago suburb by vandals.
One gravestone has the graffiti “Kanye was rite” written on it.
This week, it was discovered that at least 16 tombstones in Am Echod Cemetery had red swastikas spray-painted on them.
Police said that 23 further gravestones had been vandalized.
According to David Goldenberg, regional director of ADL Midwest, “The destruction of cemeteries is as low as it goes, and by the way, it’s also as cowardly as it gets.”
Since his parents are interred there, Larry Yellen has a special connection to the cemetery, which is more than a century old.
“My father’s family was from Poland, and he lost at least four aunts in the Holocaust. They are the best at understanding what a swastika represents, according to Yellen, as reported by a Chicago News program.
To be clear, they must cause a visceral response.
They are dangerous because they have the potential to carry out these kinds of actual crimes, according to David Goldenberg, regional director of ADL Midwest.
“In this case, graffiti was involved; assault might be the next. People might suffer harm,” Goldenberg continued.
The headstones with vile graffiti were discovered this morning in the Am Echod Jewish Cemetery, according to a statement from Waukegan Mayor Ann Taylor.
Hate has no place in Waukegan; when such crimes occur, our community suffers, and our disenfranchised neighbors are victimized.
I extend my complete support to those directly harmed by this vandalism and hope our officers find the culprits of this heinous act right away and hold them accountable.
Brad Schneider, a congressman, issued the following statement:
“I am shocked and appalled by the defacement of the Am Echod Jewish Cemetery in Waukegan. This act of hate is truly despicable. I join with other leaders and organizations, such as Mayor Ann Taylor and the ADL, condemning this attack. Hate has no home here. Antisemitism must neither be normalized nor accepted. An attack on any community is an attack on all of us, as it diminishes and threatens each of us.”