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Anne Frank Memorial: Vandals demolished tunnels near Idaho site with anti-Semitic graffiti

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Law enforcement officials search for vandalism along the greenbelt in Boise, Boise Police Department (BPD) said on twitter.

“We recognize the importance of the fact that it is the last Saturday of Hanukkah and we reach out to the Jewish leaders in our community to let them know that we will not endure such hateful and heinous behavior in our city,” said BPD chief Ryan Lee. the ministry’s Twitter page.

The graffiti included anti-Semitic messages targeting Jews, hate messages against minority groups and symbols including swastikas, Lee told CNN affiliate KIVI. A swastika is the centerpiece of the Nazi flag and is synonymous with anti-Semitism.

The graffiti was quickly covered by workers at Boise Parks and Recreation, police said.

“The anti-Semitic messages in the graffiti found along the Greenbelt have put a literal and figurative stain on our community. It will not be tolerated,” Boise said. Mayor Lauren McLean said on Facebook.

“Hate speech is wrong. It is not who (we) are as a city and is not part of our shared values. I invite all the good people in Boise to stand with me, as I am. with our Jewish neighbors, to rebuke this hatred. “

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The Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Idaho is the only Anne Frank memorial in the United States, according to the memorial’s website. The educational park includes a bronze statue of Anne Frank as well as an amphitheater, a wall of quotes, a garden and a classroom.
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Police are asking anyone with information about vandalism to call 208-377-6790 or CrimeStoppers: 208-343-COPS (2677), or to leave a tip through the “P3 Tips” mobile app.


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