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Tony Blinken, the secretary of state, has released a statement about the discovery of a swastika carved into an elevator near the office of the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism. (See previous block.)
The “hateful graffiti has been removed,” Blinken said, “and this incident will be investigated.
As this painfully reminds us, antisemitism 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.
We also know from our own history and from the histories of other nations that antisemitism often goes hand-in-hand with racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and other hatreds. None of those ideologies should have a home in our workplace or our nation.
As headlines go, particularly in the immediate aftermath of an emotional hearing about hatred and political violence within the walls of Congress itself, this one from Axios is particularly alarming: “Swastika found etched into State Department elevator”.
The website says the vandalism, near the office of the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, was discovered on Monday. Axios has a picture to prove it.