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Myrtle Beach PD Investigating “F*ck Israel” Hate Message Written in Sand

A woman visiting Myrtle Beach from Pennsylvania woke up to a vulgar sight Monday morning.

Someone had written in large letters “F*** Israel” in the sand in front of the Holiday Sands hotel.

“It’s heartbreaking to think Jewish families waking up this morning while on vacation are subjected to this type of hatred,” said Liora Rez, Executive Director of StopAntisemitism.org, whose organization received the report from the vacationer, who did not wish to speak to reporters. “We’re hopeful the Myrtle Beach Police will find those responsible and punish them accordingly.”

The vacationer reported the message to Myrtle Beach police, Master Cpl. Thomas Vest said. Rez said the woman spotted the image and took a photo of it about 8 a.m., and Vest said police received a call around 8:54 a.m. and responded a little after 9 a.m. By then, however, the words had been washed away.

“We do not condone this behavior and we share in our communities’ concern,” Myrtle Beach police posted on social media Monday evening. “If anyone has information please contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-918-1382.”

StopAntisemitism.org “is a part of a non-profit foundation that works to hold antisemites accountable and to create consequences for their bigoted actions by exposing the threat that they present to all Americans and showing how their ideologies conflict with American values, morals, and principles,” according to its website.

The group put out a social media post Monday, stating “Sad to think Jewish children are waking up seeing this while on vacation with their families” while tagging the Myrtle Beach police and city government Twitter handles.

The vacationer told Rez that the beach wasn’t very busy when the message was on display and that it probably was only there for a couple hours. She told Rez that police took it very seriously and that they were very supportive.

Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune said Monday afternoon that she was unaware of the incident and did not respond when The Sun News sought a statement later in the day.