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Former Chicago Mayor, Ambassador to Japan Faces Hate Crime as Nazi Graffiti Spray-Painted on House

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

U.S. Ambassador Rahm Emanuel's home defaced with antisemitic graffiti
Photo byVon U.S. Embassy in Japan/Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain]

The Michigan residence of U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, was vandalized with antisemitic graffiti featuring the word "Nazis." The act of hate was revealed through a photo posted online by Emanuel's friend and former Obama adviser, David Axelrod, who strongly condemned the attack.

The image, depicting the word "Nazis" on a wooden fence outside Emanuel's home, prompted Axelrod to express his disgust, labeling it as despicable. He emphasized the significance of addressing hate and antisemitism promptly, calling it "just one more flashing red light" that signals a troubling trend.

Rahm Emanuel, a former Mayor of Chicago and Chief of Staff to President Obama, assumed his role as U.S. ambassador to Japan in March 2022. The incident occurred at his family home in Michigan, with the graffiti constituting a blatant act of antisemitism.

Jeffrey Robbins, a former UN Human Rights Commission Delegate, responded to Axelrod's post, noting the unfortunate reality that we have arrived at a point where such incidents occur. The State Department has been contacted for comment by Fox News Digital.

Emanuel expressed gratitude for the outpouring support from the community, friends, and neighbors, condemning hatred and bigotry. Local law enforcement was also acknowledged for their swift response to the crime.

This antisemitic act is particularly alarming in the context of a recent surge in antisemitism across the U.S., following the October 7th terror attacks in Israel by the Palestinian organization Hamas. Carolyn Normandin, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in Michigan, highlighted an unprecedented increase in reported incidents, emphasizing the urgent need to address and combat rising antisemitism nationwide.

The ADL reported a 388% rise in antisemitic incidents during the same period last year. The organization has been actively responding to threats delivered through various channels, including social media, and investigating in-person attacks, underscoring the gravity of the situation.

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