A Confederate flag, described as “a potent symbol of white supremacy” was placed at a New York City Holocaust museum on Friday.
The incident at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust came two days after the incident at the US Capitol which featured far-right activity.
Jack Kliger, the museum’s President and CEO, said that the police had been informed. In a statement, he described the flag as “a potent symbol of white supremacy, as evidenced by the events at the US Capitol this week”, adding that the incident showed that “hate has now arrived at our doorstep.”
The New York Police Department confirmed that the incident was being investigated, but did not confirm whether it was being treated as a “bias crime”. The spokesperson called it an “atrocious” act.
The museum played a central role in New York’s efforts to combat antisemitism in early 2020 after Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed that every pupil in a New York City public school should be required to visit a museum dedicated to the Holocaust.