Jun 10, 2024 - World

U.S. consulate in Australia vandalized with pro-Palestinian graffiti

Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese during post budget media interviews at Parliament House on May 15

Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese on May 15. Photo: Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Monday called for a return to "respectful political debate and discourse" after the U.S. consulate in Sydney was vandalized with pro-Palestinian graffiti.

Why it matters: It's the second incident targeting a U.S. diplomatic outpost this month, amid tensions around the world over the Israel-Hamas war and the Biden administration's continued support for Israel.

Driving the news: Police said that a person wearing a dark hoodie was seen on security footage using a small sledgehammer to smash nine holes into the glass windows of the consulate, AP reported.

  • The Sydney Morning Herald published photos showing the building graffitied with inverted red triangles, a symbol used by some pro-Palestinian activists.

What he's saying: Albanese said that "people are traumatized by what is going on in the Middle East" but urged them to "turn the heat down" in favor of "respectful political debate and discourse."

  • "Measures such as painting the U.S. consulate do nothing to advance the cause of those who have committed what is, of course, a crime to damage property," he added.

Flashback: This isn't the first time the U.S. consulate in Sydney has been targeted.

  • The consulate was graffitied in April with the words "Freee (sic) Gaza," per AP.
  • Pro-Palestinian activists also graffitied the U.S. consulate in Melbourne in May.

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