Former Chicago Mayor’s Home Branded With Nazi Symbol

Graffiti was spray-painted on a fence at the home of Jewish U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel in Michigan.

Photos show the word “Nazis” scrawled on a wooden fence outside of Emanuel’s Michigan house. It is not clear if the vandal was calling Emanuel a Nazi or if they were praising Nazis.

Emanuel was appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan in March 2022 after serving as Obama’s chief of staff and mayor of Chicago. He was nominated for the ambassadorship in 2021 by President Biden.

In 2019, his father, Benjamin Emanuel, established a successful medical practice in the United States after migrating from Israel with just thirteen dollars.

According to Emanuel’s statement to the local press, his family is quite pleased with the community’s outpouring of solidarity and togetherness in denouncing intolerance and violence.

Additionally, Emanuel thanked the local police for their sincerity, speed, and effort in investigating and prosecuting this crime.

Antisemitism has been on the upswing in the United States since the terrorist assaults in Israel on October 7th.

Carolyn Normandin, the Michigan regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said that two or three incidences of antisemitism every week is our norm. From October 7th to the 21st, a total of 61 reports were received, according to Normandin.

The Anti-Defamation League found that antisemitic occurrences rose 388% over the prior year on a national level.

In addition to dealing with physical assaults, Normandin said that her office has dealt with many online threats. Jews in Michigan were the targets of rock-throwing in one instance. Someone another went to the troubled waters of the Israeli conflict by threatening a Jewish doctor via a phone call to his workplace.