Secretary of State Antony Blinken connected Tuesday condemned an incidental successful which a swastika was carved into an elevator partition astatine the State Department's main headquarters.
Blinken said successful a connection sent to each section employees that the vandalism is simply a achy reminder that antisemitism remains an contented successful the U.S. and astir the satellite and indispensable beryllium combatted relentlessly.
“As this painfully reminds us, antisemitism isn’t a relic of the past,” Blinken said successful the message. “It’s inactive a unit successful the world, including adjacent to home. And it’s abhorrent. It has nary spot successful the United States, astatine the State Department, oregon anyplace else. And we indispensable beryllium relentless successful lasting up and rejecting it.”
“We besides cognize from our ain past and from the histories of different nations that antisemitism often goes manus successful manus with racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and different hatreds,” helium said. “None of these ideologies should person a location successful our workplace oregon our nation.”
Blinken said the swastika, which was discovered connected Monday, has been removed and the incidental is being investigated.
The stepson of a Holocaust subsister who was raised successful the Jewish tradition, Blinken has made combatting antisemitism a precedence since taking office. Last period successful Berlin helium and his German counterpart inaugurated a caller U.S.-Germany Holocaust Dialogue aimed astatine ensuring the lessons of the Nazi epoch are not forgotten.