Anti-semitic graffiti discovered near Anne Frank Memorial in Boise

By: Izaak Anderson
Posted at 4:13 PM, Dec 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-04 21:35:18-05

BOISE, Idaho — The three tunnels located under the Ninth Street Bridge near the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial were vandalized overnight Friday with anti-semitic graffiti.
The Boise Police Department was notified of the graffiti Saturday morning. The graffiti included swastikas, anti-semitic messaging targeting Jews and other hate-filled messages targeting minority groups, according to Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee.
Boise Police says Boise Parks and Rec responded quickly and covered the graffiti with gray paint by Saturday afternoon. Boise Police Department officers helped cover the graffiti, including Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee, to make sure none of the messages bled through the new gray paint...
December 5, 2021 9:32 am
Boise, Idaho Anne Frank Memorial Again Targeted With Antisemitic Vandalism
by Algemeiner Staff

Police in Boise, Idaho are investigating after a memorial dedicated to Anne Frank — the Dutch Jewish girl who kept a diary while hiding from the Nazis during World War II — was found defaced with antisemitic vandalism Saturday, nearly a year after a similar incident.

The Boise Police Department said Saturday that the graffiti was found in tunnels along the Greenbelt near the memorial.

“We recognize the significance of this being the last Saturday of Hanukkah and we are reaching out to Jewish leaders in our community to let them know we will not stand for such hateful and abhorrent behavior in our city,” Chief Ryan Lee said on Twitter.
“The graffiti is in the process of being cleaned and covered up,” he added, thanking the Boise Parks Department for their quick response.

Images of the graffiti shared on social media showed the phrases “f**k Jews” and “I [heart] Nazis,” along with several swastikas and a homophobic message.

Dedicated in 2002 by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, the memorial contains a life-size bronze statue of Frank, and is the only one in the US dedicated to her specifically. The statue was previously defaced nearly one year ago days before the Hanukkah holiday, with Nazi and and racist symbols and the written warning, “We are everywhere.”...