UNION PIER, MICHIGAN: U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel’s home in Union Pier, Michigan, became the target of an anti-Semitic attack over the weekend, the Daily Mail reported.
Vandals defaced the home of one of the country’s most prominent Jewish politicians by painting the word “NAZIS” in black paint on the exterior fence.
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Emanuel was in Chicago when the incident occurred and it is unclear if his family was in the house at the time.
No break-ins into the house were reported and the ambassador quickly took steps to suppress this information.
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Who is Rahm Emanuel?
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Emanuel, 63, a Jewish American, is former President Barack Obama’s closest confidant. He served as Obama’s chief of staff from 2009 to 2010. Before entering the White House, he was a member of the House of Representatives, representing Illinois from 2003 to 2009.
Rahm Emanuel with Barack Obama in the Oval Office (Wikimedia Commons)
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Leaving his post at the White House, he ran for mayor of Chicago and remained in office from 2011 to 2019. In 2021, the Biden administration appointed him ambassador to Japan.
Neighbors and community of Rahm Emanuel condemn attack
Emanuel is the latest high-profile victim of anti-Semitism in the country.
“Our family is very proud of the way our friends, neighbors and community have rallied to our support and condemned hatred and intolerance with one voice,” he told the Chicago Sun. Times after the attack.
He also thanked “local law enforcement for their diligence, speed and seriousness in handling this crime.”
Tom McNulty, president of the board of directors of the Gordon Beach Homeowners Association, condemned the hate crime. “At Gordon Beach, we condemn this hate crime, as well as the national increase in intolerance, bigotry and hate-based criminal activity,” he said.
“Gordon Beach does not tolerate bias, intolerance, racism, hatred or violence, and we encourage anyone who has been the victim of an act of hatred to report it to the Berrien County Police,” added McNulty.
‘Stop the hate’
David Axelrod, President Obama’s former adviser, posted a photo of the vandalism on “It’s disgusting. It’s just another flashing red light. “Stop the hate. Stop anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. We know where this is going!”
This was scrawled on the fence outside @RahmEmanuel’s MI home.
It’s despicable. It’s disgusting.
It’s just another flashing red light.
Stop the hate. Stop anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
We know where this is going! pic.twitter.com/pM8lNLP1Wu
– David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 20, 2023
Jeffrey Robins, a former US delegate to the UN Commission on Human Rights, shared Axelrod’s message and wrote: “Unfortunately, we are no longer where this is going. Unfortunately, we are .”
Unfortunately, that’s no longer where it’s going.
Unfortunately, here we are. https://t.co/fWNUuCqTQy
— Jeffrey Robbins (@jeffreysrobbins) November 20, 2023
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