Jewish Realtor Says ‘We Cannot Let Hate Win’ After Sign Vandalized With Antisemitic Graffiti
A sign placed by a Jewish realtor at the site of one of her listings was vandalized with antisemitic graffiti last week in California.
Kendra Fuchs shared on Facebook a photo of the defaced sign, which included her picture and her contact information. A Star of David was drawn on Fuchs’ forehead and below her photo was written, “Nice Jewish S**t Screwing People on Real Estate Deals.” The picture shows that the vandal also wrote, among other hateful messages, “Jewville,” in parenthesis over the words, “For Lease,” that are featured at the top of the sign.
“This is NOT okay!! I will not stand for such ignorance and hateful behavior!!” Fuchs wrote in the Facebook post. “My children deserve to grow up and be proud of who they are not be afraid to practice their religion openly and with full and loving hearts….When are we all going to realize that the world will be a better place if we are tolerant and kind to one another?! WE CANNOT LET HATE WIN!!”
She noted at the beginning of the post, “For centuries my family has been persecuted for their religious beliefs. Expelled from Spain in 1492 during the Spanish Inquisition, they fled to Holland hoping to live peacefully. Then hate reared it’s ugly head again in the 1930’s, and many of my family members were brutally murdered by the nazi regime. My maternal grandparents survived and came to America, the Land of the Free so we could be Jewish and proud.”
Fuchs, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, spoke about the incident to “Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik for Bialik’s blog, “Grok Nation.” The two went to college together and live in the same neighborhood. Fuchs told Bialik that she wondered why she was targeted.
Speaking through tears, she said, “As we are in the era of most of the Holocaust survivors making their way into the next world, as the granddaughter of survivors, I almost feel like maybe this happened so that I could be the one to inform people that know nothing about the Holocaust how this kind of hatred can’t go on. So many people, if you ask them about the Holocaust, they have no idea what really happened. It makes me so sad. People need to be educated.”
Fuchs reported the vandalism to the Anti-Defamation League and to the detective who’d handled another recent hate crime case in California in which a man targeted Orthodox Jewish women in Los Angeles by snatching their wigs off their heads in public. She said she’s still awaiting a response.
Fuchs told her children about the vandalism and reminded them to not keep quiet about antisemitism, and to tell as many people as they can what happened. She added, “This is not OK; we do not stand for people trying to push us around. It’s happened for centuries and we’re not going to take it; we’re not going to go silently.”