West Seattle Crime Watch: Anti-Semitic vandalism outside local Jewish families’ homes

(WSB photos)

ORIGINAL MONDAY REPORT: We usually don’t fully show graffiti vandalism.

The West Seattle residents who found this vandalism outside their homes contacted us about it and asked that we do show it.

They wonder if it has happened to anyone else.

The vandalism appeared behind their homes along an alley in Sunrise Heights – in red paint on a garage, “JEW,” and on the pavement, “F— JEW THIEVE.”

The residents believe it was painted overnight.

The residents say they are Jewish, but they haven’t had problems or threats and have no idea who would do this and why.

Police have been to the scene and photographed the vandalism (here’s background on hate-crime laws), and they are investigating. If you have any tips, call SPD.

TUESDAY UPDATE: We talked a little while ago by phone with the neighbor who first contacted us. She wanted to convey that they are all grateful for the expressions of support and offers of help, but neighbors painted over the vandalism soon after police had been there to investigate, and there’s nothing they really need. She also wanted to convey that the neighbors directly affected by the vandalism are of multiple faiths, including Judaism.

138 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Anti-Semitic vandalism outside local Jewish families' homes"

  • Ginny Bear November 26, 2018 (2:40 pm)

    I’m so sorry to hear about this so close to home.  I hope those who did this are quickly found and educated why they shouldn’t have done it.  

    • ES November 26, 2018 (6:41 pm)

           They know they shouldn’t have done it, but don’t care!  …..Educators and school curriculum already teach the horrors of hate, racism and antisemitism. They should be arrested and charged with a hate crime !!

      • Jbart November 28, 2018 (6:57 am)

        As an educator, I’m sad to hear those accusations. That’s insane to cast such a broad judgement. 

  • Yma November 26, 2018 (2:41 pm)

    WHAT? this is so wrong. I am very sorry. Not good, not good, not good. People – watch out for each other. Don’t let something like this just pass by.

  • Me November 26, 2018 (3:13 pm)

    This is sooooo wrong!!!!

  • Jeannine November 26, 2018 (3:17 pm)

    Absolutely disgusting. I hope these people are caught. 

  • Joan November 26, 2018 (3:17 pm)

    We fought to end this discrimination..  Millions died.  Now some twisted bigot c–ps on their memory and sacrifice!  Please, if anyone knows who did this — SPEAK UP!!We need to educate the culprit. 

  • HS November 26, 2018 (3:19 pm)

    Absolutely not okay. The people who live in this house are your neighbors, fellow Seattlites, your fellow Americans and fellow West Seattle neighbors. If they have children, those kids are your classmates, friends of friends, your neighbors. They are not separate. Identifying people as “others”, separate from yourself, is not acceptable.

    • Jeannine November 26, 2018 (4:25 pm)

      You’re right. This is not acceptable. 

  • Lagartija Nick November 26, 2018 (3:20 pm)

    Deplorable is not a strong enough word to describe the “people” who did this!

  • SaraB November 26, 2018 (3:27 pm)

    I am so sorry this is happening.  Thank you for publicizing it so we can respond as a community.  I have seen several “Identity Evropa” neo-nazi posters around West Seattle in the last year, including a giant one graffittied onto the abandoned grain silo on Harbor Island.  But this is chillingly personal and targeted.  We stand together against hate, and those who seek to intimidate should know that we are always vigilant against their effort to divide us.  

    • Morgan November 26, 2018 (9:54 pm)

      How’s the policing been on these happenings? I hope to read about a full press from City Hall and the police department on WSB.

  • SLJ November 26, 2018 (3:32 pm)

     This is horrifying.  To the family that suffered this, I am so sorry.  Please know that the rest of your neighbors in West Seattle support you and do NOT condone or accept this treatment.  I really hope the criminals are caught soon.

  • LJ November 26, 2018 (3:41 pm)

    How bizzar, not to mention disgusting. I don’t get it. What’s not to love about Jews? You’re amazing. Also, this is America. I am astonished that this is happening, here and now. I wish there was something we could do as a community to counteract this odd and awful behavior. We love you, neighbors. 

  • Junction Lady November 26, 2018 (3:56 pm)

    Graffiti itself is disrespectful but this is disgusting.

  • Buttercup November 26, 2018 (3:58 pm)

    I’m am do sorry this happened! For the family , the neighbors ,the community. Of course it’s hardest on the family, when it infiltrates our community it brings a sad cloud over all of us. I pray that the area rallies behind them and protects their environment.im ashamed this happened, especially in West Seattle. These haters are to be despised.

  • MSR November 26, 2018 (4:05 pm)

    We’d like to think it can’t happen here, but it DID!Please don’t turn a blind eye to hatred of any kind-we can’t let hatred make us afraid to act, especially in the current political climate. These despicable acts must be stopped!

  • coffeedude November 26, 2018 (4:09 pm)

    Unfortunately since 2016 Hate Crimes are way up.  Its disgusting that this happens.  

    • JP November 27, 2018 (10:05 am)

      Thx for blaming Republicans.  That’s great. 

      • CV November 27, 2018 (11:05 am)

        I don’t see anything in Coffeedude’s post that even mentions Republicans. He stated a fact. 

      • John L November 27, 2018 (11:36 am)

        If our leaders’ public speech and online behavior demonstrate that it’s “okay” to smear  one or two other ethnic groups and blame them for all our problems, it takes the lid off this kind of hate speech. It’s called “leadership by example.”

      • shadowblind November 27, 2018 (2:54 pm)

        At no point did anyone mention Republicans, but I like that you came to your own defense anyway.

      • TinyTuba November 28, 2018 (11:40 am)

        Our government is actively creating an environment that is tolerant of biggatory, and with very few exceptions Republicans are not condemning it; at best they’re ambivalent, always making excuses for the Republican party’s  behavior, and at worst they support this kind of open terrorizing. So i think we can read the writing on the wall, no pun intended. 

  • DannyH November 26, 2018 (4:12 pm)

    I’d be happy to donate money to buy a security camera for this family so we can shut down this terrorism before it gets worse. It’s in our best interest to shame these extremists back into the shadows. I’ll make sure to tear down any Identity Evropa posters I see in my neighborhood. 

    • Alice November 26, 2018 (7:37 pm)

      I’m in.I’ll reach out to one of the local faith groups and see what form of donations would be most welcome.

      • Erica November 27, 2018 (5:38 am)

        I would be interested in knowing where to donate. Any other ideas of how to show support?

      • Alison Ramsell November 28, 2018 (10:20 am)

        Any info on donations? I’d also like to help with cameras.

        • WSB November 28, 2018 (11:14 am)

          As noted above, the neighbors reiterated that they are heartened by the expressions of support but don’t need anything donated.

  • Chris November 26, 2018 (4:30 pm)

    That is disgusting. I’m so sorry. I just returned from Pittsburgh where I grew up in Squirrel Hill. I drove by the Tree of Life synagogue daily while I was there last week. This type of anti-Semitism cannot be tolerated . While I was there I watched an episode of Frontline on PBS with my dad. It was very informative about the rise of neo-nazis / White nationalists. I highly recommend it because it does a great job of explaining anti-semitism in those groups.https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/documenting-hate-new-american-nazis/

    • April November 27, 2018 (6:57 am)

      Agreed. The Frontline show on neo Nazis in the US today is a must-see. These are the true terrorists in our country. Born and raised in the US of A.

  • sam-c November 26, 2018 (4:39 pm)

    That is unacceptable and abhorrent. So sorry this happened to you.

  • Mj November 26, 2018 (4:46 pm)

    Live and let live, prejudices have no place in a civil society

  • flimflam November 26, 2018 (4:52 pm)

    terrible, cowardly act. this stuff is becoming more common over, oh, the last couple of years…the bigots are feeling empowered for some reason. what could it be? hmmm.

  • Furor Scribendi November 26, 2018 (5:07 pm)

    There is no excuse for this hatred, anywhere.  To the victims, you are not alone and we, as individuals and a community, stand with you and never forget. To the community, gather around and protect anyone who is subject to racial or other hatred, and report immediately anything like this you see or experience. To the perpetrator(s), stop your threatening behavior and come clean with authorities before the full weight of law enforcement comes down on you.

  • r o November 26, 2018 (5:13 pm)

    i am very sorry , i have been there , you just need to keep your head up . i am very sorry 

  • RS November 26, 2018 (5:24 pm)

    So sad. My deepest apologies to the folks who live there.I’d love to be able to check back in ten years or so with the person who did this and see how their life has turned out. 

  • natandjer2004 November 26, 2018 (5:29 pm)

    That is absolutely disgusting! Hope those morons who did this are caught!

  • GW November 26, 2018 (5:32 pm)

    We stand with you against this hatred. 

  • Kadoo November 26, 2018 (5:35 pm)

    Utterly reprehensible. 

    • Tee November 26, 2018 (5:52 pm)

      I’ve been seeing this in various places lately. Like over by Hiawatha. Sounds like a bratty group of  racist teens running around. 

  • BrianD November 26, 2018 (5:40 pm)

    A bunch of chicken sh*ts that have to demonstrate their petty views in the middle of the night and then run away.  Cowards that can’t even show their sorry faces to the world. Why? Because deep down, they know what creeps they are, and know that they can’t defend their views to a greater world.  I am sure that the victims know that their WS neighbors and community stand behind them.

  • Guy Olson November 26, 2018 (5:43 pm)

    It’s obviously someone they know. I have that families back of they need anything.

  • wscommuter November 26, 2018 (5:51 pm)

    Weighing in in support of this family.  My dear wish is that the person who did this is caught and identified publicly.  This is NOT who we are.  And the miscreant behind this is nothing but a coward and hateful (funny how those two things go hand in hand).  And yeah … since our “leadership” in the White House enables hate – another reason to remember … to resist … and most of all, to vote.  

    • A J November 27, 2018 (8:31 am)

      This is not a result of who is in the White House. There were many antisemitic crimes in Seattle before this particular presidency. 

  • Melissa November 26, 2018 (5:55 pm)

    This is horrible. How can we help?

  • AJP November 26, 2018 (5:57 pm)

    I’m so sorry. This is sickening. We will keep speaking out against prejudice. 

  • Marianne November 26, 2018 (6:03 pm)

    I would love to come and pressure wash this off of your driveway and house. If it’s not gone yet I would love to try to get it off. I’m so sorry this happened to you. 

    • Vicki November 26, 2018 (7:30 pm)

      I will help you! Available Tues. after 11:30email me if you want help!!!

  • Seattle B November 26, 2018 (6:04 pm)

    I am so sorry this happened.. we have a pressure washer and could come help get rid of the graffiti if they need help. 

  • Neighbor November 26, 2018 (6:06 pm)

    Hate is not cool.  Has the graffiti been cleaned?  That needs to happen ASAP.  

  • Ken Molsberry November 26, 2018 (6:14 pm)

    To our Jewish friends and neighbors: we are so sorry this happened to you. As a community, we will not stand for this and we join you in solidarity to protect you from this hatred. Though not Jewish ourselves, as a gay couple my husband and I are unfortunately familiar with bigotry and we stand with you.

  • JO November 26, 2018 (6:27 pm)

    I would love to help in any capacity-with the power washer, pitch in with paint and supplies to help get rid of this disgusting mess, bring coffee and tea to those taking care, whatever we need. Fortunately, there are so many generous and kind folks in our community and we support you! WSB please let us know if and when we can do anything to help-immediately and longer term! 

  • Kristina November 26, 2018 (6:35 pm)

    How can we rise up as a community to offer love and support to our Jewish neighbors and condemn the actions of those who did this?Dear Jewish Neighbors: You are welcome here. This atrocious hate crime is not welcome here, and I’m so sorry that you had to experience something so ugly.WSB, I second what Jo said. How can we help? Surely we can do something?

  • Vicki Miskin November 26, 2018 (6:36 pm)

    What an act of cowardice. My heart and soul hurt for our country. This disgusting act is in OUR neighborhoods. It.Has.To.Stop. We have to stop turning a blind eye…thinking that it can’t happen here. Wake up…hatred is running rampant in our country. 

  • NFolsom November 26, 2018 (6:57 pm)

    I think it’s fairly obvious who would do this and why they would do it. Let’s not be unclear that it’s white supremacists and the reason they do it because they are white supremacists.

    • A J November 27, 2018 (8:34 am)

      White supremacists are not the only ones who hate us. There’s at least one other possibility here. 

      • Mohammed November 27, 2018 (8:57 pm)

        Who would that be AJ? 

  • Elisabeth November 26, 2018 (7:02 pm)

    As a person with Jewish blood myself, I am bewildered at the willful ignorance  of the cretins living among us. Whatever problems they have must be blamed on someone else. They need a scapegoat. I have a Jewish friend in the city who recently was verbally and physically attacked by someone she knew for being Jewish. Remember the hostility against our local Muslims after 9/11? People who had done nothing against Americans? And now, with the orange blob in power, ignorant morons are again feeling free to act.

  • Pam Schwartz November 26, 2018 (7:06 pm)

    I’m sickened to read this news. I’m on the board of the Anti-Defamation League and would be happy to reach out in any capacity to assist. There is truly no place for hate in our neighborhood. 

  • Beto November 26, 2018 (7:06 pm)

    That is disgusting!  I hope they catch the perpetrators.  

  • Kiran November 26, 2018 (7:12 pm)

    I am so very sorry this happened to this (or any) family. This is terrible. I’d be very happy to come help clean and donate to the security camera to catch these scumbags.  Our community is better than this.

  • Jordan November 26, 2018 (7:22 pm)

    As one of your Jewish neighbors, I deeply appreciate your comments condemning this act of hate. Thank you to the WSB for not censoring the raw photo. Thank you to all who commented openly expressed your support. Weirdly enough, reading your comments gave me hope and was very reassuring. Internet hugs to you all.

  • Vicki November 26, 2018 (7:28 pm)

    I will help repaint or remove this. Just reply.

  • BLG November 26, 2018 (7:34 pm)

    I’m a Jewish neighbor too and I’m feeling better just reading the comments. 

  • Ronda November 26, 2018 (7:46 pm)

    I lost two aunts and my grandfather was incarcerated during the fight against this hate. I’m so very sorry this has happened, and know that I will always stand with you. Let love and peace prevail.

  • 1994 November 26, 2018 (7:55 pm)

    If the person who did this becomes  known, located, charged with a crime…. please publish their name and photo so we all know who is responsible for this misbehavior. They deserve to be outed.

  • Tim Newsome November 26, 2018 (8:11 pm)

    I’d be happy to erase this vandalism, if you want my help. E-mail dojum@voltaer.com. I have no special skills, but I have some time and can pay for paint or whatever.

  • YakShaving November 26, 2018 (8:28 pm)

    In case there aren’t enough offers of pressure washers on the table, happy to offers ours up and help if needed 

  • Dan November 26, 2018 (8:30 pm)

    Cowardly disgusting act. These people were not born with hate. It was taught  and sadly it has become more widespread. All decent  people must stand up to this  metastatic  cancer.First they came for the Socialist and I did not speak out because I was not a SocialistThen they came for the Trade Unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.

  • Michele November 26, 2018 (8:37 pm)

    Will donate 100 dollars towards a security camera. Please let me know.

  • Adrienne November 26, 2018 (8:41 pm)

    I cant think of any words that convey the feeling of disgust and sadness this brings me. I’d love to support the family and our entire Jewish and underrepresented community of neighbors. Let’s squeeze this hate right on out of here.

  • WSB November 26, 2018 (8:43 pm)

    For those who asked about whether it was painted out – somebody was planning to do that quite quickly. If we don’t hear from anyone directly in this thread, we’ll check with them tomorrow – besides the kind offers here, we have also received direct messages from people wondering if there is anything they can do to help. – TR

    • Susie November 26, 2018 (8:58 pm)

      WSB, our amazing neighbors came together and cleaned it up after the police investigated. Thanks for all of the offers here!!

      • Kirsten November 27, 2018 (4:08 pm)

        We live just a few houses down and just learned about what happened! I also saw a suspicious dark SUV (a black/dark colored possible 2010ish, I think it was a Toyota – didn’t get enough detail) going up and down our block really slowly around 11:30am this morning, this SUV came slowly down our street about 4-5 times every 5-10 mins for a while. I was outside cleaning out my car and had a weird feeling this SUV was casing our block and they kept coming back really slowly. I ran a few errands and came back to 3 police cars on the our street and that is how I learned what had happened yesterday. The SUV was still really odd so everyone should remain on the lookout for unfamiliar activity. I reported the suspicious SUV to SPD. Please don’t hesitte to reach out if you need anything or if we can help. So sorry this happened to you and your family! 

  • Vanessa November 26, 2018 (8:44 pm)

    Hate has no homehere. 

  • Janet Leahy November 26, 2018 (9:03 pm)

    This makes me so sad to see this happening in West Seattle!

  • zipda November 26, 2018 (9:10 pm)

    I will contribute 100 dollars towards a security camera. This is unacceptable but not surprising given the current political climate and tone. Cowards of the night.First they came for the socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.Then they came for the trade unionist and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.Then they came for the Catholics and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak up. Pastor Martin Niemoller  1892-1984

  • Mark November 26, 2018 (9:19 pm)

    As one of the homeowners that was “tagged” by these racist comments, I spent much of the day dealing with many emotions; shock, disgust, anger and grief. While the graffiti has been removed, thanks to amazing neighbors, I am most heartened by the outpouring of support, outrage and love. We feel so grateful to live in West Seattle dispite the odd bad apple. 

  • bobbie November 26, 2018 (9:24 pm)

    Very sad and angry …..WSB- please let this post stays on top of the site until the criminals are caught!!

  • Nancy November 26, 2018 (10:00 pm)

    Very sad and sorry to hear this happened.

  • dsa November 26, 2018 (10:09 pm)

    This show of hatred has to stop.  We are better than this.

  • Barry bolshevik November 26, 2018 (10:15 pm)

    Nazi scum should feel no mercy

  • MJ Mariano November 26, 2018 (10:30 pm)

    I stand with those who have already voiced their anguish and support for the neighbors who suffered this on their property.  Please let us know how we can support you.

  • Ruth November 26, 2018 (10:34 pm)

    A lot of people have been responding that they’d like to help. I’d love to help re-paint/pressure-wash/etc. to get rid of the hateful graffiti. WSB, is there a way to let us know if this family would like help? There are so many of us offering and I’d hate for them to carry this burden alone. 

  • Evan Wallace November 26, 2018 (10:47 pm)

    This is regrettable. But can anyone tell me why this is one scintilla worse than the gangs that tag my buildIng on a weekly basis, “claiming” my property as part of their “territory,” terrifying the residents that I am responsible for? Why is one a hate crime, and the other not? Anyone?

    • WSB November 26, 2018 (11:04 pm)

      Vandalism is a crime. If the vandals tagging your building are specifically targeting you as a member of a protected group – see the definition linked in the story – it’s a hate crime.

  • Eddie November 26, 2018 (10:58 pm)

    As a Jew living in West Seattle, reading these comments, tonight has lifted my heart. We must continue to work together to a race all racism. I am comforted knowing there are so many concerned neighbors and supportive West Seattlites.

  • Michelle November 26, 2018 (11:03 pm)

    This is sickening. This isn’t the West Seattle I know and love. I’m so sorry this happened and I hope the perpetrators are found and prosecuted for their hate crime. 

  • Jennifer Hall November 27, 2018 (5:22 am)

    This is terrible.  I am so sorry.  In addition to rooting out the person (or persons) who did this, I think we need to be concerned about exposing (and catching) the Identity Evropa taggers.

  • Bee November 27, 2018 (6:34 am)

    I  would like to thank everyone of your kind words and thoughts. I grew up with this hatred as a child back east so it hit me hard again yesterday.so YES we can all do something we must give out LOVE  and kindness and most important knowledge.       We must teach our children!  again thank youlove, peace kindness knowledge Bee

  • Mark47n November 27, 2018 (7:04 am)

    My mother ran the Senior’s program at the JCC in a another city when I was a boy. I spent days off helping her out. I grew up with survivors of the Holocaust and of the Pogroms in Russia. It wasn’t something they spoke of but you could feel it.I was remodeling an apartment building in 2000 and there as an old woman, Mrs. Stern, who moved quietly throughout the building. She’d been there since it was built. She was full of fear, she was terrified the Nazi’s were still coming for her.  She wouldn’t let anyone in her apartment. At all. I knocked on her door, greeted her in Yiddish and Hebrew and told her I was a Jew. If she would let me I would help her. She let me in, cautiously, to have a cup of tea and prove I was a Jew. She showed me her number, engraved sloppily, in her flesh. I carried her groceries, fetched things on high shelves and did anything she asked me to. Over time she told me of her time in the camps. Of the persistent terror. It never left her. I hope she found some relief when she died.In recent years antisemitism has been on the rise all over the world. That people feel so safe expressing such beliefs is a warning sign that we will be, likely, to slow too heed. This poison has infiltrated our highest levels and has been there since before Trump. I’m glad my grandfather didn’t live to see us lose to the Nazi’s after all. He told many stories about the war. He wrote them all down and I am honored to have a copy of those stories.  I know that his unit liberated one camp. He never, not once, said one word about it. I asked him about it, once, he said he did but that he’d never speak about it. Ever. His eyes glistened with tears. 

  • BJG November 27, 2018 (7:39 am)

    I grew up in West Seattle a while ago and the things we didn’t know about our schoolmates and friends were ethnicities and faiths unless they said so. It never seemed important because we shared so much in common.  Let it be so again, please.

  • A November 27, 2018 (7:45 am)

    I am so saddened.  West Seattle…..  time to revisit the Billings, MT story.   https://billingsgazette.com/news/local/a-stone-ignites-a-community-billings-stood-up-to-white/article_1595787b-b44f-5a4f-b7b2-3a18e77615b7.htmlTime to stand up and support all humans of all faiths and cultures.  Lets all celebrate Hanukkah this year.   

  • Victoria November 27, 2018 (7:55 am)

    This is shocking. We stand with our West Seattle neighbors. Glad to see so much support in our community! Thanks for posting.

  • Nathan Zook November 27, 2018 (9:37 am)

    I just found out about this.  I’m glad to hear that this is cleaned up, as I have plans this evening.  No Jew should be subjected to this.  It is right that your neighbors cleaned it.  Not here.

  • Randy Kessler November 27, 2018 (9:49 am)

    I am the Executive Director of StandWithUs Northwest, a non-profit organization that educates people about Israel and helps fight anti-Semitism.  It is wonderful to see the outpouring of support for the families affected by this from across the West Seattle community.  Hopefully this is just an isolated incident; it’s also an opportunity to educate people about the history of anti-Semitism and the new form that it often takes in the era of the modern Israeli state.Randy Kesslernorthwest@standwithus.com206.801.0902  

    • Zoey November 27, 2018 (5:50 pm)

      I’m Jewish and incredibly uncomfortable with an attempt to make legitimate criticism of the actions of the Israeli government seem on par with this clear anti-Semitism targeting people’s homes. Criticism of Israel and its actions are not inherently anti-Semetic. Nor is Israel relevant to this family being targeted. 

      • KBear November 27, 2018 (10:03 pm)

        Thank you, Zoey. My understanding of Stand With Us is that they are basically apologists for the Israeli government and its illegal actions in the occupied territories. They present a very one-sided view of the situation and paint any criticism as being anti-Semitic. Shame on them for bringing their particular politics into this discussion. 

  • anonyme November 27, 2018 (9:53 am)

    Mark47n, thank you for your story.  I am not Jewish, but most of my best friends have been (and still are).  During the darkest times of my life it has always been my Jewish friends who stood by my side.  I have found them to be incredibly generous, inclusive, intelligent, and kind.  Some of them have have lately expressed concern about the rise of anti-Semitism  here and abroad.  I was disturbed on Thanksgiving to discover that a relative is a member of a far right group.  He assured me that their numbers are far greater and their plans more far reaching than anyone suspects.  There were a couple of episodes on ‘Frontline’ in the past week that examined this growing phenomenon.  While it’s possible that other forces are at work, this problem needs to be examined – and contained.

    • Jennifer November 27, 2018 (1:06 pm)

      Anonyme, I hope that you contacted the police with the information about the far-right group that your relative gave to you.

  • HopeNotHate November 27, 2018 (9:58 am)

    This disgusting act is hard to believe but hate groups not only exist but are thriving in our community. RespectWashington, run by Craig Keller, who lists his address as West Seattle, has received funding from one of the country’s largest hate groups, Michigan-based US Inc. The Southern Poverty Law Center has classified RespectWA as a hate group. If the Keller name sounds familiar it’s because he ran against Jayapal in the recent midterms and was soundly defeated 83.2% to 16.8%. If you are reassured by these numbers, 16.8% represents thousands who voted for him. The Stranger’s Sidney Brownstone (now with KUOW) has followed this hate group closely as they worked to influence the City Council race in Burien and also made an effort to overturn their sanctuary city status. Awareness is our best defense so let’s bring these facts into the light as this group generally goes unnoticed but has been working for years to influence city politics in Spokane, Burien and Seattle. Now you know.  Pass it on. Source material & additional reading below: “A quick look through PDC filings revealed that the biggest funders of Respect Washington, the group behind the repeal petition, is US Inc., an organization founded by John Tanton. Tanton—dubbed the “racist architect of the modern anti-immigration movement” by the Southern Poverty Law Center—and his organizations have been funding anti-immigrant activism and publishing white nationalist and white supremacist literature for decades….Between 2016 and 2017, PDC filings show that US Inc. has donated $15,000 to Respect Washington/Respect WA.”

  • nonni November 27, 2018 (10:22 am)

    Dear race-baiting perpetraitors(sp. intentional):Your imaginary “thieve” stole nothing from you. Whatever you are missing can be corrected with some education. Perhaps you would be happier in “Evropa”, wherever that is, and should relocte there, posthaste.

  • Benjamin S Schroeter November 27, 2018 (10:57 am)

    Am Yisroel chai!

  • T Rex November 27, 2018 (10:59 am)

    MARK47N, thank you for sharing such a touching story. You are a good man and I hope you helped that woman find some peace towards the last years of her life. I would hope as Americans that we never ever forget and generations after us never forget about that horrific war and what the Jewish people went through. The Germans as well. And remember, using the word Nazi  in day to day comments, specifically in our media, undermines the term and what they were, stood for and what they did.  Dislike Trump all you want, but he is NOT a Nazi.  

  • Mark47n November 27, 2018 (11:03 am)

    As we continue to insist on tolerance as the means of ending hate allow me to point out that the tolerant will always lose. The intolerant will always push further and the tolerant will always have to permit it. But why should we tolerate hatred in any form? We shouldn’t.If you find cancer in your body you destroy it. This is cancer, it’s particularly malignant. It’s always been here, though, sleeping, waiting for just the right conditions to explode. Do we, as a nation, really have to political will to eradicate this? Probably not. Our politicians sure don’t, in fact we have openly white supremacist/white nationalist politicians throughout our government and military. Meanwhile the Democrats are still whining about Big T’s taxes and now they’ll get to see them. This is the stuff that shields the Steve King’s out there.

  • Mrs. A November 27, 2018 (11:44 am)

    This is despicable. Yes, hate crimes are up since 2016 – by about 17% .  However, hate crimes against Jews rose by between 37% and 57% in 2017.   
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2018/11/14/daily-202-hate-crimes-are-a-much-bigger-problem-than-even-the-new-fbi-statistics-show/5beba5bd1b326b39290547e2/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.1d5c28e5fc24 Be part of the solution.  Speak up against hate.  Condemn these types of acts often and vocally.  Get to know your neighbors. 

  • Cass N. November 27, 2018 (11:52 am)

    Wrong. There is simply no place for this in West Seattle. We stand with you, we stand together. A nasty nasty wave has been unleashed in our country. Our most important job is to not look away.

  • Eric November 27, 2018 (12:43 pm)

    Joining in with everyone else in condemning this hateful and cowardly behavior. Nothing but love for all the religions around me and proud of our West Seattle community despite a couple prominent rotten apples. 

  • Zoey Jordan Salsbury November 27, 2018 (12:45 pm)

    This is terrifying oh my gosh. Is there a crowdfunding campaign to pay to paint their home?

  • Mark Manning November 27, 2018 (1:14 pm)

    I wonder if the &*%^ who did this was the same &*%^ who used a Sharpie to write neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic graffiti around Lower Queen Anne Hill during the Bumbershoot music festival a couple months ago. It might make sense; hate addicts tend to escalate their hateful acts and attacks if they’re not restrained.

  • Jennifer November 27, 2018 (1:19 pm)

    To those who insist that we cannot simultaneously hold our government responsible for its ethics (or lack thereof) and also stop hate crimes and those who would perpetrate them: that is incorrect. In fact, I would submit that the truth is exactly the opposite. Ethical and moral blinders function the same way, whether we are ignoring hate crimes in our midst, or shrugging our shoulders at the utter lack of accountability in our government.

  • S.R. November 27, 2018 (3:02 pm)

    As another Jew stumbling onto the report of this ugliness, I feel a lot beter after reading the comments.  Thanks everyone  your awareness, and your support.

  • Ilana November 27, 2018 (4:01 pm)

    WSB- Any update? Did the police find who did it? 

    • WSB November 27, 2018 (4:46 pm)

      No. I also spoke by phone a little while ago with the neighbor who originally contacted us and she says that they are all so grateful for the expressions of support but don’t need anything – TR

  • Kim November 27, 2018 (4:03 pm)

    Another Jewish family here in W. Sea.  The comments are so comforting; thank you.  We feel better knowing that there’s a sea of support.

  • Paul November 27, 2018 (5:01 pm)

    This is my neighborhood and I’m disgusted and heartbroken to see this. It’s certainly the work of some very weak minded and cowardly folks. They are the anomoly! We love the diversity of our neighborhood; and so many of the people we know, or just see from day to day, make this an amazing place to live!We won’t tolerate this hatred!

  • Laura & David White November 27, 2018 (6:26 pm)

    We are greatly saddened by this outrageous act. This can never be tolerated. Join together neighbors and speak out about preventing this behavior! We are also glad to help with the cost of a security camera and clean up. 

  • Jim P. November 27, 2018 (7:05 pm)

    Racist *and* illiterate.  What a fine package.This transcends left and right, Republican and Democrat, Jew and Gentile.  In this we are all one people or we do not deserve what is left of the reasons this country has been a shining beacon for so long.The road some would have us walk leads to horrors that have been seen before and which no sane person ever wishes to have happen again to any group.  I think and I hope, we remain better than this.

  • The Velvet Bulldog November 27, 2018 (7:44 pm)

    I hope the perp recognizes that the only thing they’ve succeeded in doing is growing the support for our Jewish brothers and sisters. 

  • Jane November 27, 2018 (8:19 pm)

    Considering the recent murders at the Pittsburgh synagogue, the shooting of two African Americans in a Kentucky grocery store and Trump’s racist rants against Central American refugees, we need to stand united and say NO!Counter-protest at Seattle City Hall600 4th Ave, between Cherry St & James StThe Washington Three Percenters and Redoubt News are planning a Seattle rally on Dec. 1 with the theme “Liberty or Death 2: Rally against Left-wing Media Bias.” They are anti-immigrant white supremacists and misogynists who brazenly espouse their racist views at rallies, on their social media and then claim they are being wrongly labeled. At the Seattle Patriot Prayer rally in August, the Three Percenters provided armed security for a rally filled with bigoted, women-hating speeches that promoted violence against leftists and all opponents of fascism.If your organization would like to endorse this counter-protest, please contact us at:12.1.18.seattle@gmail.com or 206-722-2453Co-sponsors: ANSWER Coalition, Freedom Socialist Party, International Socialist Organization, Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Radical Women, Seattle Democratic Socialists of AmericaEndorsers: Washington Federation of State Employees Local 304, Seattle Gay News, Seattle Equity Educators, Dyke Community Activists

  • zipda November 27, 2018 (9:02 pm)

    Tragic  to see this happen in WS or anywhere else. Clearly an act of very insecure, self loathing, misguided persons.  People must learn to hate.If they can learn to hate they can be taught to love.Nelson Mandela

  • FUNSDAP November 27, 2018 (9:49 pm)

    I stand against this 1,000,000 times 1,000,000. Peace to the family that was attacked by this b*llsh*t.

  • BEE November 28, 2018 (6:04 am)


  • David W Kannas November 28, 2018 (6:53 am)

    I want to help to erase what this criminal did to the people living in the house that was hit. How can I do this?

    • nonni November 28, 2018 (8:08 am)

      You can help erase anti semitism by learning about its history as a purely propaganda-based form of bigotry against the Jewish people. It has broad roots in the teachings of the early Catholic Church, which issued a mild apology in the 1960s for the murders of millions it sat by in silent observation of. It has festered at, above or close below the surface in every country, including this one, where certain individuals sought someone to pin their own disappointments, fears and suspicions upon, and is currently seeing a strong propaganda resurgence among both right and left-wing politics, here and abroad. Educate yourself, so you can educate others. No one wins when ANY group is stereotyped, libeled, and singled out for abuse.

  • DEF November 28, 2018 (8:12 am)

    Bee, so glad that you have felt supported this week. You KNOW: your neighbors have got your back, your front, every which way. You are a treasure. And also, thanks for those Hammerstein lyrics, I had forgotten that powerful little song right there in the middle of South Pacific!

    • bee November 28, 2018 (10:51 am)

      Thank you We just need to teach our children and spread love

  • Joel November 28, 2018 (8:19 am)

    Absolutely unacceptable in our neighborhood. Time to keep an even closer eye on things going on around us.

  • NoHome4Hate November 28, 2018 (9:04 am)

    BEE – We are all in this together. When Trump denigrates Muslims or Mexicans or women or makes antisemitic or other racist remarks, he makes them against all of us. No different than the small minds that focus their hatred to try to intimidate good folks in our community. Give it some thought, perhaps you don’t need anything but what about gathering food or warm cloths for a Jewish organization to distribute this winter? No pressure. Just know the community stands with you. We are you. Love,Your Neighbor(who happens to be Mexican-American and is working to rise above the hatefulness directed at us–at all of us)

  • NH November 28, 2018 (10:13 am)

    this kind of hatred has no place in west seattle or anywhere. the people in our community should feel welcome and safe especially in their homes. sending neighborly support to the family and am so sorry this has happened.

  • Vickie Rafael November 28, 2018 (2:01 pm)

        Donate to Southern Poverty Law Center. They fight this hatred every day. Put some $ where it will do some good.  Peace.

  • Vivian Mcpeak November 28, 2018 (2:30 pm)

    Totally appalling and unacceptable. It is an outrage that this would happen in this day and age, and in our community. Fortunately, whoever did this unspeakable and offensive act is outnumbered by the rest of us. Still, the impact is damaging and impacts us all.  We fight back with our humanity and our unity, as well as our commitment to diversity and pride at being an inclusive community.

  • MKS November 28, 2018 (5:40 pm)

    Thank goodness for the publishing of this article and the poignant documentation of this disgusting graffiti. It’s nice to see so many people rallying online, but it’ll take active conversations within the community to smother the hatred with love and compassion. 

  • Kevin McLaughlin November 28, 2018 (9:24 pm)

    A month or so ago I found a laminated sign bearing the words Jewish Media with a Star of David super imposed, in plain view propped against a curb near the intersection of Delridge and Juneau.  Needless to say, I removed it, and God help me If I catch anyone in the act of anti Semitic graffiti 

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