A swastika was scrawled on a campaign sign of Max Rose, a Jewish politician running for election to the U.S. House to represent New York’s 11th Congressional District. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 8, 2022.
According to former congressman Max Rose, a swastika was scrawled on his campaign sign in New York City on Wednesday, reports The Jerusalem Post.
“A yard sign for my campaign was found defaced with a swastika,” tweeted Rose, who is running as the Democrat party candidate in New York’s 11th district. “All the division, hate and vitriol is sick – but I am not going to respond with the same. I’m going to continue to give everything I have for this city and this country.”
The swastika was drawn with black ink and was accompanied by the word „No!” repeated twice. The sign was found by a resident not far from a reform congregation synagogue.
Rose vowed not to back down from running for election and said there were better days ahead.
In recent years, waves of antisemitic attacks have hit the New York City area. In February 2022, antisemitic hate crimes increased by almost 400% compared to those in January, according to the New York Police Department. According to a June report by the Anti-Defamation League, hate crimes in the city increased by 196% in 2021 from 2020, with Jews accounting for 40% of the attacks.
The swastika drawn on my campaign sign is a sad reminder that hate is rampant. But I know together, this country can fulfill its purpose, just like it did for my ancestors who came here to flee antisemitism and hate.
There are better days ahead. pic.twitter.com/oCOeqVzM3k
— Max Rose (@MaxRose4NY) September 23, 2022