Staten Island, NY – A Max Rose campaign sign was defaced with a swastika in West Brighton, just feet away from a local temple.
The swastika, drawn in black ink beside the word “No!” runs through the name of the former congressman, who is Jewish. It was discovered by a neighborhood resident near the corner of Forest Avenue and Hart Boulevard, located close to Temple Israel Reform Congregation.
Rose, who has been a vocal fighter of domestic antisemitism, said the swastika is a symptom of the nation’s divisiveness and vowed to leave the sign in its place.
“I’m sick and tired of this disgusting threat in our society, this division and this hate and this vitriol, people being hidden from it,” Rose told the Advance/SILive.com. “People need to see what we could become if we don’t come together and unite and put the flag first, so no, we’re not taking it down.”