Today, a local report out of Seattle indicates that there was a vandalism attack on a synagogue in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Seattle’s crime blotter said this:
Around 5 AM Friday morning, an SPD officer working off-duty in the area spotted a spray painted message, describing the Holocaust as “fake history”, on an exterior wall of the temple in the 1400 block of 16th Avenue.
“Fake history” is likely a play on “fake news” by Holocaust deniers. The term fake news rose to prominence after the 2016 presidential election when it was revealed that some writers had been profiting off of falsities posted on sites that looked like legitimate news sources. The term was then co-opted by people who wanted to disparage the media at large for reporting things they didn’t like.
This is the latest in a string of anti-Semitic vandalism and behavior in recent months. Swastikas popped up in press pens along the campaign trail during the election, Jewish cemeteries have been defaced, and a family in Arizona had their decorative menorah bent into a swastika shape on their front lawn, to name only a few.
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