Anti-Semitic graffiti and hate signs reported in 3 US cities

Incidents in Colorado, Florida and Oregon include swastikas being painted on a Jewish home and a sign blaming Jews for 9/11

Illustrative: A swastika spray-painted at a playground in Lakewood, New Jersey, August 2016. (AP)
Illustrative: A swastika spray-painted at a playground in Lakewood, New Jersey, August 2016. (AP)

A string of anti-Semitic graffiti and hate signs appeared in three separate cities across the United States over the past week, media reports said Tuesday.

In northeast Colorado, swastikas were spray-painted on the home of a Jewish couple.

The couple was awakened early on Friday, at their home in Aurora, Colorado, by police after a neighbor reported the graffiti, according to CBS4.

Local police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, according to the news station.

Sandy and Howard Wolf told CBS4 that they have never been targeted before because of their religion and they do not know how the vandals knew they were Jewish.

They told the news channel that they had recently learned first-hand about the consequences of anti-Semitism.

“My husband and I took a trip to Poland and Israel last year and we were in several concentration camps so it just really hit hard to see that on our home, such hatred,” Sandy Wolf told CBS4. “We hear about lots of things, but now it’s happened here.”

Wolf said that since the discovery of the graffiti, she started wearing a Star of David necklace given to her by a family member who lost many relatives to the Nazis.

Hate signs in Florida

Several hate signs targeting Jews and others were posted in front of a home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The signs posted on Saturday night targeted gays, Jews, “retards” and “infidels.” Another sign read “Great Again,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.

The signs were stolen on Sunday evening, angering the homeowner, Roland Price, who said his First Amendment rights were violated, the local NBC affiliate WFLA reported. Neighbors told the station that other neighbors took them.

Price has been posting inflammatory signs in front of his home for years, neighbors told the Tampa Bay Times.

St. Petersburg police said the lawn signs do not break any laws and do not pose any direct threat, the local ABC affiliate reported.

‘Jews did 9/11’

A sign blaming Jews for the September 11 attacks was hung from a pedestrian bridge over an interstate highway in Portland, Oregon.

The banner sign reading “Jews did 9-11” was hung on both sides of the bridge on Sunday evening.

Several people who saw the signs called the Portland Police Department to complain, according to the Oregon Live website. The police referred the issue to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Someone removed the signs on Monday, according to local reports. Photos of the sign already had been posted on social media.

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