Swastika Found at US State Department

Stand for Israel  |  July 28, 2021

US State Department building
(Photo: wikicommons/APK)

Anti-Semitic hatred has been on the rise in Israel and around the world… even in the United States. And this time, anti-Jewish hate has been found at the U.S. State Department. Axios’ Hans Nichols and Jonathan Swan report on the anti-Semitic statement made behind the doors of one of the American government’s institutions:

A swastika was found on Monday etched into the wall of a State Department elevator near the office of its special envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism, according to a person familiar with the discovery and a picture obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The defacement raises troubling questions about security inside the nation’s foreign policy nerve center, and the potential for antisemitism within an outward-facing element of the United States government.

Secretary of State Tony Blinken sent an email Tuesday to the entire department that condemned the vandalism. “The hateful graffiti has been removed and this incident will be investigated.”

“​As this painfully reminds us, anti-semitism isn’t a relic of the past. It’s still a force in the world, including close to home. And it’s abhorrent. It has no place in the United States, at the State Department or anywhere else. And we must be relentless in standing up and rejecting it.”