The Brooklyn office of U.S. Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) was vandalized with a few graffiti messages, such as one on the sidewalk that read, “BLOOD ON UR HANDS” and one on the building that said, “LET GAZA LIVE.”
“Harassing, intimidating, and outright attacking the staff of a Jewish elected official at a time of rising violence and rampant antisemitism is dangerous and unacceptable,” Goldman communications director Simone Kanter noted, according to reports.
Democratic lawmakers from New York, including Jerrold Nadler, Jamaal Bowman, Yvette Clarke, Adriano Espaillat, Hakeem Jeffries, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Joseph Morelle, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pat Ryan, Paul Tonko, Ritchie Torres and Nydia Velázquez, issued a joint statement condemning the vandalism of their colleague’s office.
“We stand together to condemn the vandalism discovered this morning targeting Representative Dan Goldman’s district office. While everyone has a first amendment right to peacefully protest and make their voice heard, that must not extend to intimidating staff or outright criminal behavior. This is a deeply personal and emotional issue for all who care about a future of peace for both the Israeli and Palestinian people, but we cannot let our disagreements turn us against each other and inflame violence here at home,” their statement declared.
Goldman had been in Israel at the time Hamas perpetrated heinous terror attacks in the Jewish state last month, but the lawmaker was able to safely return to the U.S. with his family.
“Congressman Goldman, his wife, and three youngest children were in Israel for a family Bar Mitzvah when Hamas brutally attacked Israel on Shabbat and Simchat Torah, one of the holiest Jewish holidays. Congressman Goldman and his family sheltered from Hamas rocket fire in their hotel’s interior stairwell until early Sunday morning, when they were able to safely depart for New York,” Kanter noted in a statement last month.
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