ADL Condemns Anti-Semitic Graffiti Spree in Medford

Boston, MA, April 8, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly condemned multiple incidents of anti-Semitic and racially charged graffiti at several locations in Medford, Massachusetts over the weekend.

According to Police, 12 different areas of South Medford including Tufts University, local schools, playgrounds and posted signs were tagged with swastikas, racially charged language and apparent gang symbols. 

“Marking public and private property with symbols of hate is an act of intimidation that that affects our entire community, not just those groups identified,” said Robert Trestan, ADL Acting New England Regional Director. “It is most disturbing that this graffiti was found outside of an Elementary School where young children come to learn and should feel safe. The Medford Police Department has made it clear that these acts will not be tolerated and we commend their efforts. It is critical that society send a message back to those who seek to provoke hostility by combining our efforts to fight hate and bigotry, and ensure that those responsible are prosecuted.”

ADL's experts are providing information and assistance to investigators working to solve the case.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.