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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement regarding graffiti that was painted on a memorial near the Gates of Heaven Synagogue in Madison, Wisconsin. The graffiti included swastikas and a pro-Trump message.

“The anti-Semitic vandalism outside the Gates of Heaven Synagogue is a shameful display of hate that has no place in our community. As we approach Rosh Hashanah, our friends in the Jewish community should feel welcomed, not threatened. However, the President’s embrace of white supremacists and hate groups has emboldened extremists to unleash a new wave of anti-Semitic and intimidating activities. We must stand united against these acts of hate and reaffirm the values that we share as Americans—that our nation will always be a land of opportunity and hope for people of every faith and ethnicity.”

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