JCRC Condemns Swastika and Hateful Graffiti on Lake Harriet Community School

August 1, 2019

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 and hateful graffiti scrawled on an exterior door of the Lake Harriet Community School’s Upper Campus. We have been in close contact with Principal Walter Schleisman, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, and Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson’s office about this situation. We appreciate their swift response to this disturbing incident.

“This is the 17th antisemitic incident reported to the JCRC in 2019. 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 must reject these chilling acts and the hate they represent.

“The JCRC offers its services to local government and school district officials who are on the frontlines of 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.”

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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.