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    צלב הקרס שצוייר במחלקת המדינה האמריקאית מראה שוב כיצד האנטישמיות אינה מבחינה בין יהודי ליהודי, ופוגעת לא רק בישראל אלא בעולם כולו.

    עלינו להיאבק יחד בנחישות כנגד אנטישמיות מכל סוג ולמצות את הדין עם כל אדם אשר יפעל מתוך שנאה לעם היהודי.https://t.co/3lVcj5vTsN

    — Ambassador Gilad Erdan גלעד ארדן (@giladerdan1) July 27, 2021

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    “This hateful graffiti has been removed and this incident will be investigated. As the secretary has shared with a message to all of our employees, this is completely abhorrent. It’s a painful reminder that anti-Semitism isn’t a relic of the past, it’s still a force that we’re dealing with in the world and unfortunately we’re dealing with it close to home,” Porter said.

    “Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States and certainly has no place in the State Department,” she added.

    The State Department is working on the nomination of a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism, Porter said, adding that it hopes to have person in place soon.

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed the incident in an internal email to the State Department workers. “Late yesterday, I learned that a swastika was found carved in an elevator at the Harry S Truman building,” he wrote. “The hateful graffiti has been removed and this incident will be investigated.”

    Blinken went on to say that “this painfully reminds us, anti-Semitism isn’t a relic of the past.  It’s still a force in the world, including close to home.  And it’s abhorrent. It has no place in the United States, at the State Department, or anywhere else. And we must be relentless in standing up and rejecting it. 

    “To our Jewish colleagues: please know how grateful we are for your service and how proud we are to be your colleagues,” he added.

    Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and UN Gilad Erdan said in a statement on Tuesday that “the swastika etched in the State Department is a serious incident of antisemitic vandalism, which once again shows that antisemitism does not distinguish between Jews in Israel and Jews in America, and harms not only Israel but the entire world.”

    “We must fight together resolutely against antisemitism of any kind and bring to justice anyone who acts out of hatred for the Jewish people,” Erdan added.

    Reuters contributed to this report.



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