American Federation of Teachers’ headquarters in Washington DC were defaced this week with a message that said “I want Jexit!”
President of the 1.7 million-member union, Randi Weingarten, issued a statement saying:
“We will stare all bigotry in the face, whether it is anti-Jew, anti-Islam, anti-black, anti-brown, anti-native, anti-LGBTQ or any other hate directed at people because of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. Defacing our community with hateful rhetoric is meant to intimidate, otherize and sow fear, and to divide our community and make people feel unsafe and unwelcome where they live and work. But this type of hate crime does just the opposite: It mobilizes us to come together and unite around the common causes of tolerance and peace, and to continue fighting for a more inclusive, more just world.”
Here is the picture: pic.twitter.com/HyhsCnHKPZ
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) December 12, 2018
Number of antisemitic attacks are increasing, coinciding with the growth of far-right movements in America or Europe. Today, a French Jewish cemetary was found desecrated with swastikas, according to an Associated Press article.