November 29, 2016
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:
"The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) condemns the swastika that was spray-painted onto a garage in north Minneapolis. We are deeply concerned by this incident and we urge anyone with information about the vandalism to come forward and report it to law enforcement. We will continue to monitor the situation.
"Perpetrators of these types of incidents are intent on spreading a message of hate and challenging the openness and respectful atmosphere of our community. Collectively, we reject these chilling acts and the hate they represent.
"We thank Wintana Melekin of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change for approaching Carin Mrotz of Jewish Community Action about this incident. Together, they cleaned up the graffiti and reported it to both the JCRC and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
"The JCRC is monitoring several incidents impacting our local community, especially in our schools. As always, the JCRC offers our services to local government and school district officials who are on the frontlines with ensuring that our communities and schools are a safe and welcoming place for everyone. The recent spike in hate incidents both nationally and locally directed against Jews and other minorities is deeply disturbing."
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.