Secretary of State Tony Blinken said an investigation would be launched after a swastika engraved on the wall of the State Department’s elevator was found.
Quoting a person familiar with the case, Axios was the first to report that the Nazi symbol was found outside the office of the State Department’s Special Representative for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism at his headquarters in Washington, DC.
The image shows a rough image, apparently carved into the casing of Elevator 36, which is located in a secure area of a government building that requires inspection and clearance.
IN memo On Tuesday in front of staff, Blinken denounced the “hateful graffiti” that have since been removed after they were discovered.
“As it painfully reminds us, anti-Semitism is not a relic of the past. It is still a force in the world, including close to home. And this is disgusting. It has no place in the United States, in the State Department or anywhere else. “And we must ruthlessly defend and reject it,” said Mr Blinken.
“To our Jewish colleagues: please know how grateful we are for your service and how proud we are to be your colleagues.”
Mr. Blinken, who is Jewish, announced during a Holocaust awareness ceremony in June of a US-German Nazi public education program.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan said in a statement New York TimesThe swastika was “a serious incident of anti-Semitic vandalism.”
“[It] once again shows that anti-Semitism does not differentiate between Jews in Israel and Jews in America and harms not only Israel, but the whole world, ”the statement said.
“We must together decisively fight anti-Semitism of all kinds … and hold accountable all who act out of hatred of the Jewish people.”