Anthony Blinken expressed his anger.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressed his anger on Tuesday and promised to renew efforts to combat anti-Semitism after the swastika was found in an elevator at the US State Department. This was reported by Agence France-Presse.
Blinken: “Totally disgusting”
Authorities say they have begun an investigation into how the symbol of former Nazi Germany was engraved on the wooden panels of an elevator in the Harry S. Truman Building, the secure US diplomatic residence in downtown Washington.
Blinken, who is currently visiting India, called it “utterly disgusting” in a letter to US diplomatic staff.
“It’s a painful reminder that anti-Semitism is not a relic of the past; and Galina Porter, a State Department spokeswoman, quotes Blinken’s legacy, it is still a force we deal with in the world, and unfortunately we also deal with it close to home.”
Blinken is a secular Jew
“It must be said that anti-Semitism has no place in the United States and certainly has no place in the State Department,” the statement said.
Blinken is a secular Jew whose stepfather escaped Nazi death camps, according to AFP. During a visit to Berlin last month, the US Secretary of State, along with Germany, launched efforts to combat renewed anti-Semitism by ramping up efforts in Holocaust education with the death of survivors, the agency said.
Then the head of US diplomacy warned that Holocaust denial and other manifestations of anti-Semitism “often go hand in hand with homophobia, xenophobia, racism and other manifestations of hatred” and mean “a united cry of those who seek to destroy our democracy.”
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