A car that belongs to a Holocaust survivor who lives in South Florida was marked with two swastikas, just before the start of Passover.
According to the website StopAntiSemitism.org, the disturbing discovery was made Friday at a condominium in Hallandale Beach.
“It’s a terrible occurrence anytime, but that’s especially so on the eve of a Jewish holiday,” said Evan Nierman, CEO of Red Banyan, a South Florida public relations firm. “It’s just really sad that, in this day and age, Jewish people are still finding themselves under assault and under attack.”
StopAntiSemitism.org, part of a nonprofit foundation, shared a picture of the marked vehicle on Twitter. The symbols appeared to have been traced by hand on the car owner’s fogged up rear windshield.
“It’s particularly sad that this happened to someone who endured the ultimate anti-Semitic act, which was the Holocaust,” said Nierman.
7News rewached out to some members of the Jewish community in South Florida who said this act is “sickening.” In observance of the Sabbath, they declined to go on camera.
Nierman said Red Banyan represents many Jewish clients.
“Unfortunately, what we saw in South Florida over the last day or two has been a continuation of something that Jewish people have had to endure for literally thousands of years,” he said.
Friday’s incident was not isolated. The phrase “Communism is Judaism” was spray-painted on the wall of an auto center in Miami. It has since been covered up.
“The person who did this, they seem to be conflating Judaism with communism, but in truth, they seem to know the most about vandalism,” said Nierman.
Both of these cases have since been reported to police.