A park near the Anne Frank Memorial in Boise, Idaho, was vandalized over the weekend with antisemitic graffiti, marking the second time in a year that the area has been targeted by what officials called “abhorrent” messages. The most recent incident was discovered in the Boise River Greenbelt on Saturday, the last Saturday of Chanukah, Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee said.
The graffiti was quickly removed, the police department said in a statement.
The Memorial has been vandalized repeatedly in past years as well. Park of an educational park in downtown Boise founded in 2002 and run by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, the Memorial was desecrated last year with Nazi swastika stickers that included the phrase “we are everywhere.”
Antisemitic graffiti was found near the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial this weekend in Boise.
Antisemitism is not welcome in our community. Ever. pic.twitter.com/ewErWUUKnZ
— ADL Pacific Northwest (@ADLPNW) December 6, 2021
The Boise memorial is reported to be the only one in the U.S. dedicated to Holocaust victim Anne Frank. She and her family spent 761 days hiding from Nazis in a secret annex in Amsterdam. After they were discovered, she was sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died at age 15. Her famous diary was discovered when the camp was liberated, and subsequently published in 1947.
Trumper 's defaced an Anne Frank
memorial in Boise ID yesterday, the
last Saturday of Hannukah.
MAGA are despicable, hateful TRASH.
— J Blue (@daniel67015345) December 5, 2021
The Boise vandalism is just another indicator of the rise of Antisemitism in the United States over the last several years. Sitting members of Congress and others on the right have openly pushed Antisemitic propaganda by comparing the COVID19 vaccine enforcements to the Holocaust.
You'll find no bigger supporter in the NW of Israel, it's people and Jewish people anywhere.
If you can cite a single antisemitic position or statement, quote it here.
Otherwise…put up or shut up @taradublinrocks https://t.co/9xkxVcyOg6
— Lars Larson (@LarsLarsonShow) December 6, 2021
Antisemitism is on the rise in this country and it’s up to Americans to call it out when we see it, because it’s still such an accepted form of harassment, Mel Gibson keeps getting hired.
— (((Joshua Malina))) (@JoshMalina) December 7, 2021