Former Mayor’s Home Vandalized With Anti-Semitic Graffiti

( – The home of a prominent Jewish politician and U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, was vandalized, with the word “Nazis” spray painted on a fence outside his Michigan home.

The head of the homeowner’s organization discovered the graffiti on the fence outside Emanuel’s home. Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago and Obama’s former chief of staff, was in Chicago when the incident occurred. Local law enforcement confirmed no further damage to the property. In 2021, President Joe Biden nominated Emanuel as the U.S. ambassador to Japan. In March 2022, Emanuel assumed the post.

Gordon Beach Homeowners Association board president Tom McNulty condemned the crime in a message to residents. He added that “prejudice, bigotry, racism, hatred, or violence” would not be tolerated.

An adviser to former President Obama, David Axelrod, a friend of Emanuel’s, posted a photo of the graffiti on Twitter and condemned the anti-Semitic attack. Axelrod called the attack “despicable” and “disgusting.” He wrote to “stop the antisemitism and Islamophobia,” adding, “We know where it leads!”

In response to Axelrod’s post, former United Nations Human Rights Commission Delegate Jeffrey Robbins commented, “It is no longer where it leads.” He added, “Sadly, we are there.”

Emanuel responded to the incident by stating that he is proud of how the community rallied to support them and, “in a singular voice,” condemned “hatred and bigotry.” He added a thank you for the “diligence, swiftness, and seriousness” of the local law enforcement in addressing the crime.

Since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas in Israel, there has been a 388 percent increase in antisemitic incidents compared to the same period last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The regional director of the ADL in Michigan, Carolyn Normandin, stated that her office has vetted and responded to in-person attacks and attacks on social media.

During a congressional hearing in October, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that since the Oct. 7 attack, antisemitism in the United States has increased to historic levels.

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