Gordon Jewish Community Center vandalized with hate speech

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Officials at the Gordon Jewish Community Center in West Nashville said its Holocaust memorial was vandalized on Saturday.

The center said vandals attached a sheet with anti-Semitic and white supremacist messages on the Nashville holocaust memorial on its campus. The messages were immediately removed.

The center released a statement to members, which reads:

Our Gordon JCC community is deeply shocked and saddened by an attack on the Nashville Holocaust Memorial located on our campus. On Saturday afternoon, vandals attached a sheet painted with anti-Semitic and white supremacy messages and it was immediately removed. We condemn such bigotry and violence, which has no place in Nashville or anywhere in America. We are working with local authorities in their investigation, and the Jewish community security network was immediately informed of this incident. We are fortunate to have an excellent security team in place to protect us. They work hand in hand with local and national authorities to keep us and our campus safe. At a time when our nation is confronting racism and anti-Semitic attacks are rising, our JCC community continues to stand united with those who condemn discrimination in all its forms.

Leslie M. Sax, Executive Director Raymond Jacobs, Board President

In recent days, our community has been actively engaged in sincere efforts to combat injustice and intolerance. ​Many of us have protested and carried signs declaring a commitment to end ​systemic racism, hatred and discrimination for all people.
On Saturday afternoon during the Jewish Sabbath, the oldest hatred, the oldest menace to a discriminated minority threatened the ​security of the Nashville Jewish Community.
Vandals desecrated the Nashville Holocaust Memorial on the site of the Gordon Jewish Community Center. Their vulgar insults and deliberate credos to white supremacy were splayed on the Memorial Walls where loved ones murdered in the Holocaust are honored. For many, this is the only place to recognize family members because their bodies were consumed in crematorium and they have no graves. Those recognized on the walls were killed for only one reason, because they were Jewish. With this vile act, ​their memory was devalued and dishonored, leaving us feeling threatened and afraid.
Jews have been forced to live with the pain and fear of discrimination and stereotyping for centuries. The tension has never left our collective psyche. Yet, even as a discriminated minority, we understand that such hatred is not isolated.
Each year, the Nashville Holocaust Memorial hosts hundreds of visitors and groups from around the world. Our message is clear; “Never Again “must be our most important priority. Every one of us has a choice. We can be change agents to end injustice and intolerance. We can sustain the momentum that has begun in our nation for all who are discriminated against .Or, we can tolerate living among those who poison us all with their hatred and desecrate that which is most dear to us.

Felicia Figlarz Anchor, Nashville Holocaust Memorial Committee Chair

The FBI takes seriously the criminal violation of anyone’s civil liberties. However, the FBI doesn’t comment on the possibility of investigations. I can confirm that we are aware of this matter.

Public Affairs Officer Elizabeth Clement Webb, FBI Memphis Field Office

The incident is under investigation.

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