Rep. Dan Goldman’s Brooklyn office was vandalized last week with pro-Palestinian graffiti that read “Blood on ur [sic] hands,” “free Palestine,” and “let Gaza live.”
Social media photos revealed the slogans were spray painted by at least two suspects at the Jewish Democrat’s Park Slope district office.
“This is what [Rep. Goldman] & staff confronted when they showed up to work today,” Brooklyn Democratic official, Doug Schneider, said.
“It is a direct result of his speaking out against anti-Semitism & supporting Israel’s right to self-defense. Defacing his office is not a form of protest, it is a deplorable crime.”
Members of New York’s Democratic congressional delegation spoke out about the vandalism, urging protesters to not let “disagreements turn us against each other and inflame violence here at home.”
“We stand together to condemn the vandalism discovered this morning targeting Representative Dan Goldman’s district office. While everyone has a first amendment right to peacefully protest and make their voice heard, that must not extend to intimidating staff or outright criminal behavior,” Reps. Jerry Nadler, Jamaal Bowman, Yvette Clarke, Adriano Espaillat, Hakeem Jeffries, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Joseph Morelle, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pat Ryan, Paul Tonko, Ritchie Torres and Nydia Velazquez said in a joint statement.
“This is a deeply personal and emotional issue for all who care about a future of peace for both the Israeli and Palestinian people, but we cannot let our disagreements turn us against each other and inflame violence here at home,” the group added.
From The New York Post:
Goldman, who was in Israel when Hamas terrorists stormed the Jewish state’s border with Gaza on Oct. 7 and slaughtered 1,200 people, has been a supporter of Israel’s war against the terror group. “Israel has an absolute right – indeed a moral obligation – to defend its citizens and borders in response to Hamas’s horrific terrorist attack,” he wrote in a joint statement with Nadler after the attack.