The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix released a statement this morning after Phoenix police announced yesterday that staff at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix discovered graffiti, including swastikas and “white power” on an exterior wall of the auditorium.
“This is a terrible and upsetting act and why Federation remains vigilant in the face of persecution and dedicated to building strong, vibrant Jewish communities,” read the statement signed by Executive Director Marty Haberer. “Our Jewish community is strong and will always speak out against anti-Semitism and hate of any kind. We know the majority of the non-Jewish community feels the same way and that this act in no way represents our larger community.
“We are confident that the school and local law enforcement will investigate and identify the person or persons involved. As your Federation, we will stay in touch with law enforcement and keep the community apprised. We will collaborate with our partners to educate the community as to why hate crimes such as this are so objectionable to us as Jews and as Americans.”
He also noted that the incident will be reported to the Secure Community Network initiative of the Council of Major Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Federation of North America, the umbrella organization of federations. “Together, we are 151 Federations strong, and have established SCN as the first national nonprofit organization dedicated to Homeland Security on behalf of the Jewish community.”
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton responded Saturday afternoon on Twitter:
Carlos Galindo-Elvira, regional director for the Anti-Defamation League released the following statement: The ADL is appalled by the use of hate symbols, racial language and inappropriate imagery in vandalism incident at Pinnacle High School. "We are appreciative for the swift action and response by the Phoenix Police Department's Bias Crimes Unit. We will continue to monitor the case throughout the investigative phase."