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Neo-Nazis Vandalize Pedestrian Bridge in Maryland

Antisemitic graffiti was found under a bridge off Josiah Henson Parkway on a pedestrian tunnel near Tildenwood Drive in North Bethesda Sunday evening. 

A swastika and the words “CLUB ARYAN EXCELLENT” were painted in large, bright orange letters on the stone wall on the side of the tunnel and were still visible Monday when a MoCo360  reporter visited the site. Jewish advocacy group – StopAntisemitism – shared the image of the vandalism to Twitter.

Bethesda, Maryland – antisemitic graffiti was found under a bridge off Josiah Henson Parkway on a pedestrian tunnel near Tildenwood Drive in North Bethesda Sunday evening.

A swastika and the words “CLUB ARYAN EXCELLENT” were painted in large, bright orange letters on the stone… pic.twitter.com/10axlbVe4z— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) August 29, 2023

Second District police officers initially responded to the scene Sunday around 7:53 p.m. for a report of “hate-based vandalisms.” Police say there are no suspects in custody. 

A police officer arrived at the scene Monday around 2:45 p.m., and told MoCo360 he was sent to survey the incident, take photos and then cover up the graffiti. 

The neighborhood around the pedestrian tunnel has a large Jewish population and is within a mile of B’nai Israel Congregation, The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Bender JCC of Greater Washington and the Hebrew Home Of Greater Washington. 

County Councilmember Kate Stewart (D-Dist. 4), whose district includes North Bethesda, strongly condemned the antisemitic graffiti on social media. 

Stewart also said that residents should report similar incidents to Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000 as soon as they are seen.  

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Source: https://moco360.media/2023/08/28/antisemitic-graffiti-found-under-bridge-in-north-bethesda/