A sign for a COVID-19 vaccination centre has been vandalised with swastikas and the word “extermination”, it was reported earlier today.
“9/11 lies” was also scrawled on the sign. This refers to the widespread, antisemitic conspiracy theory which says that Jews, not Islamist terrorists, were responsible for flying passenger jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, so that they would profit from the resulting war. This is backed up by the equally false belief that no Jews were killed in the attack, as they had all been warned to stay at home that day.
A photograph of the defaced sign was posted on Twitter by the Holocaust Educational Trust after it was discovered by one of its staff members. The British charity wrote: “Spotted on the way to work by one of our staff. This is vile, deeply offensive and antisemitic. Invoking the memory of the Holocaust does nothing but cause pain and hurt to Jews. There is no basis in reality. It is just wrong.”
Anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination networks have become known as hotbeds of antisemitic conspiracy theories and tropes.
Image credit: The Holocaust Educational Trust