Antisemitic graffiti has been discovered on the side of a Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) building in Ohio, as well as on the side of a bridge.
The graffiti on the side of the YCWA in the city of Alliance depicts a white Star of David inside a red circle with a line going through it.
The organisation posted a photograph of the graffiti on Facebook, accompanied by a statement which read: “We, at the YWCA of Alliance are saddened and outraged that someone or a group of individuals used our building at 239 E. Market Street to propel hate and an antisemitic message. This message was in form of vandalism spray painting on our historical building which has stood as a beacon of hope, love, and inclusion in the Alliance Community for 95 years. We were not the only place in the community targeted, many locations through out the downtown area were.
“We would like to join forces with those who wish to see this form of hate gone, and our community washed clean of these symbols of racism to come together and be able to unite against hate. Please contact the Alliance YWCA if you would like to help at 330-823-1840. Please contact the Alliance Police Department if you have any information on the vandalism that has occurred.”
Other Facebook users posted photographs of similar graffiti found nearby on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Viaduct, which included the phrase “Down with ZOG.”
“ZOG” is an acronym often used by white supremacists that means “Zionist Occupied Government.” This idea holds that the official government of a country is just a puppet, while the real control is exercised behind the scenes by a cabal of Jews.
Alliance Police have confirmed that an investigation is underway.