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DC-Area Jewish Center Vandalized With Over 19 Swastikas


DC-Area Jewish Center Vandalized With Over 19 Swastikas

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Northern Virginia, located outside of Washington, D.C. in Fairfax, Va., was vandalized overnight Saturday with 19 spray-painted swastikas.

In a statement Saturday, JCC condemned the graffiti and said Fairfax County police were called immediately. Police have launched an investigation.

JCC is working to have the graffiti removed Saturday.

“As many of us recognize, these acts do not represent the community around the J or the community in Northern Virginia,” JCC Executive Director Jeff Dannick and the president of the organization’s board of directors, David Yaffe, said in a statement.

“The J as a whole, and particularly through the focused efforts of our Committee for a Just and Caring Community, will continue to participate as a positive force in both the Jewish and wider communities,” they added.

Yaffe said the incident was “disturbing on multiple levels.”

Marcus B. Simon, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, shared photos of the graffiti on his public Facebook page Saturday, writing that he was “thoroughly disgusted, hurt and angry at this display of hate.”

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D), called for “fierce condemnation” and an “over-abundance of love and unity,” following the vandalism.

“An insidious rise in hateful actions and anti-Semitism is happening in Virginia and across the country. We must meet it with fierce condemnation and an over-abundance of love and unity. We cannot allow hate to fester,” he wrote on Twitter.

State attorney general Mark Herring called out Virginia politicians for being “complacent about the rise of white supremacist violence and anti-Semitism.”

“Way too many politicians in Virginia are way too complacent about the rise of white supremacist violence and anti-Semitism. The threat is real, it’s growing, and we have to take a stand,” Herring tweeted Saturday morning.

Eileen Filler-Corn, another Virginia delegate, said she was “Shocked and terribly saddened…yet again.”

“Shocked and terribly saddened…yet again. Woke up to hear the news of more hate-swastikas painted all over the front of the @JCCofNoVA. I am here now. So sad. Our community however, remains strong and united. This hate does NOT represent our Northern VA community!” she wrote on Twitter.


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