Headstones in a Waukegan (Illinois) cemetery were spray-painted using swastikas, anti-Semitic jargon and support for Kanye West’s comments against the Jewish community.
Fox station WFLD reported that vandalism was found at the AM Echod Cemetery, Grand Avenue, Waukegan on Monday morning.
Police claimed that 16 tombstones had been spray-painted with red Swastikas, and that 23 other headstones had been defaced.
One vandal wrote “Kanye rite” on a tombstone. This was in reference to remarks Kanye made about Kanye West.
Ye was also blocked from his Twitter account in October after he claimed he was going to “death con3 on JEWISH POPLE”.
Ye, also known by Kanye West tweeted Oct. 8: “I’m a bit tired tonight, but when I get up, I’m going to death con 3 on JEWISH POPLE.” “The funny part is that I can’t be Anti-Semitic since black people are actually Jew. Also, You guys have played with me and tried blackball anyone who opposes your agenda.”
Ye was also removed from Instagram for using language that appeared anti-Semitic.
WFLD was informed by David Goldenberg (regional director, Anti-Defamation League Midwest), that “the desecration of graves has been as low as it can get”
Although it is small, the Jewish cemetery is more than 100 years old.
Goldenberg stated that antisemitic incidents have increased by more than 400% in the past five years.
Let’s be clear: they should provoke a visceral response. He said that it is anti-Semitic, hateful and dangerous. They can also cause real-life acts. “Vandalism was the case in this instance, assault could follow. There are many ways people could be hurt.
Ann Taylor, Waukegan Mayor, issued a statement condemning vandalism. She stated that she was “deeply disturbed” and “angered by the hateful imagery spray-painted onto headstones.”
She stated that hate does not have a place in Waukegan. “I hope that our officers quickly locate the perpetrators and hold them accountable. I also offer my full support for those directly affected by this vandalism.”
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker tweeted Monday that he supported Taylor’s condemnation of the act and offered his full support to the pursuit of justice.
Brad Schneider, the Congressman for the 10th District of Illinois, also turned to Twitter.
He tweeted, “I am shocked by the defacement at the Am Echod Jewish Cemetery of Waukegan.” This act of hatred is unacceptable. This attack is condemned by me and other leaders, such as Mayor Ann Taylor of the ADL. Hate does not have a home in this country.