The three tunnels located under the Ninth Street Bridge near the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial were vandalized overnight Friday with antisemitic graffiti.
The Boise Police Department was notified of the graffiti Saturday morning. The graffiti included swastikas, anti-semitic messaging targeting Jews and other hate-filled messages targeting minority groups, according to Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee.
Boise Police says Boise Parks and Rec responded quickly and covered the graffiti with gray paint by Saturday afternoon. Boise Police Department officers helped cover the graffiti, including Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee, to make sure none of the messages bled through the new gray paint.
The Boise Police Department said they are investigating what they call a hate crime, but feel it’s an isolated incident. Chief Lee told Idaho News 6 he doesn’t believe Boise’s Jewish community is in any danger.
This Saturday is the only Saturday of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, and Boise’s Anne Frank memorial is the only Anne Frank memorial located in the United States.
If you have any information regarding the investigation, Boise Police asks that you call dispatch at (208) 377-6790 or CrimeStoppers at (208) 343-COPS (2677), 343COPS.com, or you can leave a tip using the “P3 Tips” app on your mobile device.