A memorial In Tel Aviv was vandalized recently with the words "Death to LGBT" spray painted on the side, according to The Jerusalem Post. The statue, shaped like a pink triangle, represents the LGBTQ lives lost during the Holocaust, as LGBTQ people were required to affix a pink triangle to their concentration or extermination camp uniforms. Anywhere between 5,000 to 15,000 LGBTQ were sent to concentration camps and certain experiments in Buchenwald were designed to "cure" homosexuality.
The graffiti was discovered by witnesses on Thursday, October 25th. A picture of the vandalism was posted to Facebook by Ron Huldai, Tel Aviv's mayor. He then posted a picture of the memorial after the graffiti was cleared and he said: “We will continue to act and to protect members of the community as we have done so far.”
Others have also spoken out against this hateful message, such as mayoral candidate Asaf Zamir, who was disturbed by the crime and said that he does not have the words to describe how he feels about people who would wish death on the LGBT community and will continue to fight for the rights of LGBTQ people. Etai Pinkas, the chairman of the LGBTQ Community Center spoke out as well, saying that it is not correct to assume that Tel Aviv is a wonderful place, as this vandalism shows that LGBT people still have to fight to be accepted.
Tel Aviv police have opened an investigation. Hopefully, they will find the person or persons responsible for this incident. Regardless, writing such a hateful message should never be accepted and I am glad that so many people are condemning this heinous crime.
h/t: The Jerusalem Post