Los Angeles, CA – Graffiti of a swastika and the words “Auschwitz Welcome” were found on the window of a Los Angeles bus stop.
Stop Antisemitism tweeted out a photo of the graffiti, stating that it was found on the corner of Vineland Avenue and Ventura Boulevard. “This vile hatred must never be tolerated in your city,” Stop Antisemitism tweeted to Mayor Karen Bass.
Other Jewish groups also condemned the graffiti.
“This vile graffiti is an unsettling reminder that anti-Jewish hate is the fastest growing category of hate crimes in America,” American Jewish Committee Los Angeles Assistant Director Odin Ozdil said in a statement to the Journal. “No community should have to be confronted with threats to their existence, especially those that evoke such horrific trauma as the Holocaust. We encourage local authorities to be unrelenting in their pursuit and prosecution of the perpetrator of this hateful act.”
“[The] Jewish community needs the help and empathy from our non-Jewish neighbors if we are to push back on the distressing anti-Semitism on our streets and on social media,” Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action Agenda Rabbi Abraham Cooper similarly said in a statement to the Journal. “Perpetrators don’t worry that a shrinking police presence would detect such hate.”
StandWithUs CEO and Co-Founder Roz Rothstein, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, also said in a statement to the Journal, “We’re grateful to Mayor Karen Bass for taking seriously the dangerous issues of anti-Jewish bigotry and to the LAPD for exposing this vile hate speech. Vicious Nazi imagery like this has no place in civil society. This is yet another example of why Holocaust education is so important.”