August 8, 2013 – Milwaukee, WI/Madison, WI/Chicago, IL – The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, the Wisconsin Jewish Conference (WJC), the Jewish Federation of Madison, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemn the placement of six anti-Semitic signs found on public and private property in Algoma, Wisconsin. “Kill the Jews,” “No Jews Welcome,” “Jew go back to where you came from,” and repeated usage of swastikas adorned some of the signs found in Algoma last week.
“We deplore these despicable and cowardly acts of anti-Semitism and hate, which deeply affect both the Jewish community and greater community in Wisconsin,” said Lonnie Nasatir, ADL Regional Director.
“As we mark the first anniversary of the horrible hate crime in Oak Creek, it is incumbent on the entire community to come together to denounce this outrageous act and come together to build an inclusive community,” added Elana Kahn-Oren, JCRC Director.
“We are confident that law enforcement will treat this case as a hate crime and will take all appropriate action to find those parties responsible and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” said Michael Blumenfeld, WJC Director.
We are working closely with law enforcement and those affected as the investigation proceeds. ADL’s experts are available to provide information and assistance to investigators working to solve the case if there is an extremist connection to this incident.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation speaks as the representative voice of the Jewish community on issues of public affairs and public policy, including safeguarding the Jewish community and promoting tolerance.
The Jewish Federation of Madison is part of the Jewish Federations of North American, a nationwide humanitarian network that serves millions of Jews and non-Jews everyday around the world.”
The Wisconsin Jewish Conference is the statewide community relations and government affairs office of the Wisconsin Jewish community.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in Chicago in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice, and bigotry.
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