Mar 29, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Lawmaker alerts Capitol Police after Israeli hostage posters vandalized

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, wearing a dark blue suit, light blue shirt.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) said Friday he notified the Capitol Police after Israeli hostage posters outside his Capitol office were covered with "Free Palestine" stickers.

Why it matters: It's the latest in a string of defacement and vandalism targeting congressional offices over lawmakers' support of Israel in its war with Hamas.

Driving the news: In a statement, Gottheimer, who is Jewish, called the defacement of the posters a "truly deprived and heinous act."

  • "To vandalize posters of innocent civilians who were violently ripped from her home as Hamas terrorists shot and murdered their family and neighbors is a blatant act of antisemitism and hate," he said.
  • Gottheimer said it's the second time the posters, meant to raise awareness about Israeli's held in captivity by Hamas after the Oct. 7 attack, have been defaced.

Zoom in: Pro-Israel lawmakers and officials have repeatedly faced heated protests and vandalism from pro-Palestinian demonstrators since the onset of the Israel-Hamas war.

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