PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - An anti-hate group has tracked six anti-Semitic acts in our state in the last 10 days. That period of time also coincides with Hanukkah.

"We can never normalize it. We classify it as a hate symbol," said Carlos Galindo-Elvira, the director of Anti-Defamation League of Arizona, of the recent swastika vandalism they've seen lately.

+4 
Swastika at Target Hanukkah Display 2018.jpg

A swastika was found at a Target display.

"A swastika that was found on a stairwell at Camelback High School," he said. "On the eve of Hanukkah, where a customer found a swastika."

The hateful symbol was also etched into a gym door at another high school.

"At the swastika incident in Yuma, racial slurs, as well as swastikas, were found on it," Galinda-Elvira said, speaking of a mural that was vandalized.

"A swastika was found etched into a bathroom stall at a local movie theater," he said.

+4 
theater Swastika

A swastika was found at a movie theater in Surprise.

Most recently, an elderly woman in Scottsdale was a target over the weekend.

"She found a hand-drawn swastika note left at her doorstep, and that came after lighting the seventh candle this past candle for Hanukkah," Galindo-Elvira said.

He said they, unfortunately, see one event like this a month. While the recent uptick coincides with Hanukkah, Galindo-Elvira said he can't pinpoint a cause.

+4 
HOLIDAY RACISM 121018 CZ  07_frame_538.png

"I can't speak to the minds of the individuals that inflicted this type of the pain on the community," Galindo-Elvira said.

"I can't speak to the minds of the individuals that inflicted this type of the pain on the community," he said.

"What I think is important is to give people a face of who this is impacting, that we are neighbors and community members," said Shoshana Simones.

+4 
Yuma Mural

A swastika was found in Yuma.

Last July, someone painted a swastika on their mailbox.

[Related: Phoenix family find anti-Semitic graffiti around their home]

Neighbors painted over it with messages of positivity.

[Related: Neighbors paint over offensive graffiti at couple's Phoenix home]

"The message we have to share about positivity and light and doing good in the world is so much more powerful than whatever these people are trying to intimidate or disrupt," Simones said.

Award-winning journalist Lindsey Reiser is a regular contributor in the evenings on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.
 
 


Copyright 2018 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

 

Reporter/Anchor

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.