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Brooklyn Museum director, board targeted in antisemitic vandalism attack

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Anti-Israel protesters hung antisemitic banners and vandalized the Brooklyn Museum’s Jewish director and board members’ homes the morning of Wednesday, June 12. The attack is the latest in a string of vandalism incidents tied to war protests.

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Protesters also vandalized a Palestinian Mission to the United Nations. The group left leaflets on nearby streets that encouraged overthrowing leaders and accused the Palestinian authority of being too close to Israel and the United States.

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul commented on the attack. In a statement, she called it “an abhorrent act of antisemitism” that “has no place in New York or anywhere else.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he spoke with Anne Pasternak, the Brooklyn Museum’s director, shortly after she discovered the vandalism.

“This is not a peaceful protest or free speech,” Adams wrote on X. “This is a crime, and it’s overt, unacceptable antisemitism.”

Anti-Israel protesters targeted the Brooklyn Museum several times in recent weeks. A group of around 1,000 people entered the museum on May 31. It set up encampments, sprayed graffiti and defaced artwork and iconic staples on museum grounds.

Police arrested dozens of people during that incident.

These protesters have similar demands as those who set up encampments on college campuses in the spring. They called for art institutions like the Brooklyn Museum to disclose and divest financial ties to Israel.

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[KARAH RUCKER]

ANTISEMITIC BANNERS. RED PAINT. AND UPSIDE DOWN TRIANGLES – A SYMBOL USED BY HAMAS – 

THESE IMAGES ARE OF THE FINISHED PRODUCT OF OVERNIGHT VANDALISM CONNECTED TO THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM.

THE HOMES OF ITS JEWISH DIRECTOR – ANNE PASTERNAK – AND SOME OF THE MUSEUM’S JEWISH BOARD MEMBERS – BEING THE LATEST TARGET IN A STRING OF VANDALISM LINKED TO WAR PROTESTS.

A PALESTINIAN MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS WAS ALSO VANDALIZED AND LEAFLETS WERE REPORTEDLY FOUND LITTERED ON NEARBY STREETS “ENCOURAGING INTIFADA” AND ACCUSING THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY OF BEING TOO CLOSE TO ISRAEL AND THE U-S.

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL –

QUICKLY CONDEMNING THE LATEST VANDALISM.

CALLING IT “AN ABHORRENT ACT OF ANTISEMITISM” THAT “HAS NO PLACE IN NEW YORK OR ANYWHERE ELSE.”

NEW YORK CITY MAYOR ERIC ADAMS WROTE ON X “THIS IS NOT PEACEFUL PROTEST OR FREE SPEECH. THIS IS A CRIME, AND ITS OVERT, UNACCEPTABLE ANTISEMITISM.”

THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM HAS BECOME A HIGH-PROFILE TARGET FOR PRO-PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS IN RECENT WEEKS.

ANTI-ISRAEL PROTESTERS STORMED THE MUSEUM ON MAY 31ST –

A CROWD SIZE ESTIMATED TO BE OVER ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE –

SETTING UP ENCAMPMENTS, SPRAYING GRAFFITI, DEFACING ARTWORK AND ICONIC STAPLES ON MUSEUM GROUNDS.

THE RECENT TENSIONS HAVE LED TO SCUFFLES BETWEEN POLICE AND PROTESTERS.

AND DOZENS OF PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR OCCUPYING THE BUILDING.

THE PROTESTERS HAVE SIMILAR DEMANDS AS THE PROTESTERS WHO TOOK SIEGE OF COLLEGE CAMPUSES.

CALLING FOR ART INSTITUTIONS AS WELL TO “DISCLOSE AND DIVEST” ANY FINANCIAL TIES IT HAS TO ISRAEL.

MAYOR ERIC ADAMS ISSUED AN APOLOGY TO THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM’S BOARD MEMBERS AND DIRECTOR FOR THE ANTISEMITIC CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST THEM IN THIS LATEST ACT OF VANDALISM – AND PROMISED TO BRING THOSE RESPONSIBLE TO JUSTICE.

I’M KARAH RUCKER.

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