Beverly Hills police are investigating a hate crime after an anti-Semitic message was spray-painted on the home of a Holocaust survivor following the terrorist attack on Israel.
Police are searching for the person who left the message saying “Kill Jews” and believe the same person has posted similar messages throughout the city.
The anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered Wednesday outside the Bedford Manor apartment building in Beverly Hills, California, an apartment building where 60 percent of the tenants are Jewish.
Klara Firestone, the building’s manager, said in an interview with, “It’s just terribly emotional and scary to know that it’s happening in my own home – literally in my own home.” ABC7.
“People who don’t like Jews don’t care whether you’re old, young or a grandmother,” Firestone said. “They do not care.”
Firestone lives in the building with her 99-year-old mother, Renee Firestone, who survived the Holocaust and moved to the United States in 1948.
Klara Firestone (pictured) lives in the building with her 99-year-old mother Renee Firestone, who survived the Holocaust and moved to the United States in 1948
On Wednesday, a message reading “Kill Jews” was left outside a Holocaust survivor’s building in Beverly Hills, California
About 60 percent of the Beverly Hills building’s tenants are Jewish, the manager said
Firestone’s grandmother died in Auschwitz after being sent directly to the gas chambers.
“I wear a Jewish star and make no secret of who I am and what I am,” Firestone said CBS News.
Beverly Hill police received another report of vandalism a mile from the apartment later in the day.
“The suspects in both cases appear to be related based on word choice, style and color of spray paint,” police said in a statement.
As police searched the area for clues, anti-Semitic messages were plastered on the walls in large green letters.
Both incidents are being investigated as hate crimes, police said.
Since then, workers have painted over the anti-Semitic message on the Holocaust survivor’s building.
A family photo shared by Firestone shows three dozen people at a pre-Holocaust wedding. Almost all of them were killed
Since Thursday, workers have been painting over the anti-Semitic message on the Holocaust survivor’s building
As police searched the area for clues, anti-Semitic messages were plastered on the walls in large green letters
Firestone and her neighbors are devastated after seeing the graffiti, two weeks after the terrorist attack left more than 1,400 Israelis dead.
“When a person always hates you, it hurts,” Firestone said. “Hate myself for something I did, not for who I am, because I can’t change that.”
She said she would not show her mother the anti-Semitic message, saying: “Luckily she is not as aware as she could be” of what is happening in the world.
“That’s what really hurts – that the world hasn’t learned its lessons and hasn’t changed in the slightest,” she said. “There are still those who would enjoy my death and dance on my grave.”
A family photo shared by Firestone shows three dozen people at a pre-Holocaust wedding. Almost all of them were killed, she said.
Beverly Hills police said they received three reports of anti-Semitic incidents this week. It is unknown if they are connected.
Protesters could be heard shouting: “No more guns, no more war.” “Ceasefire is what we are fighting for.”
On Wednesday, spray-painted messages such as “Zionism equals racism” and “Israel is fascist” appeared on the sidewalks of Cornell University’s campus in upstate New York
It has been two weeks since Hamas launched its devastating attack on Israel and tensions are still rising in the region as the terrorist organization reported clashes with the IDF on Friday.
Anti-Semitic messages, symbols and graffiti have been reported at demonstrations, on college campuses and in neighborhoods across the country.
Pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested on Friday as they called for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip as hundreds stormed Grand Central.
Earlier this week, messages reading “Israel is fascist,” “Zionism equals racism,” “Free Palestine” and “Fuck Israel” appeared at Cornell University.
An NYU student held anti-Semitic “Keep the World Clean” signs in the heart of Manhattan during the “strike” protest organized by Ryna Workman, a law student who previously called Hamas’ attack on Israel “necessary.” had designated.
After seeing the increasing hatred against Jews and Israel across the country, Firestone said she hoped the people who committed the acts could visit the Holocaust Museum to learn more about the suffering of Jews.
She wants the police to find the person who left the graffiti, not to risk possible criminal consequences, but to understand the true meaning of these words.
“I think this global conflict in the Middle East has certainly polarized everyone,” Firestone said. “It’s a human issue.” “It’s a civil society issue.”
“I want you to go and see who you’re doing this against,” Firestone said. “Stop and think, ‘Why do I hate these people?'”