'Fake News,' 'MAGA' sign found pointing at Holocaust Memorial Museum in San Antonio

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  • A sign with the phrase “fake news,” the acronym “MAGA,” and an arrow appeared on the grounds of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community, early Tuesday morning.
  • The arrow reportedly pointed at the marquee for the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
  • “It’s clearly a statement of Holocaust denial,” Ronit Sherwin, CEO of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, told the Express-News.
  • Holocaust denial is a form of anti-Semitism, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum explains. Deniers “are generally motivated by hatred of Jews and build on the claim that the Holocaust was invented or exaggerated by Jews as part of a plot to advance Jewish interests.”
  • Anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise in the United States, according to a report from the Anti-Defamation League, surging 60% from 2016 to 2017.

A sign with the phrase “fake news,” the acronym “MAGA,” and an arrow was placed on the grounds of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community, early Tuesday morning. The sign’s arrow reportedly pointed at the marquee for the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The sign was found by groundskeepers at around 7 a.m. local time, but not before images of the sign, photographed on a foggy morning, were shared on social media. The San Antonio Police Department arrived at around 7:45 a.m.

“It’s clearly a statement of Holocaust denial,” Ronit Sherwin, CEO of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, told the Express-News. The Jewish Federation of San Antonio runs the museum; the organisation is also housed on the campus along with the Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family Services.

Holocaust denial is a form of anti-Semitism, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum explains. Deniers “are generally motivated by hatred of Jews and build on the claim that the Holocaust was invented or exaggerated by Jews as part of a plot to advance Jewish interests.”

“Deniers of the Holocaust, the systematic murder of around 6 million Jews in World War II, either deny that such a genocide took place or minimise its extent,” the Southern Poverty Law Center explains.

According to its website, the museum, which is free to the public, includes exhibits of the Nazi’s rise to power, the horrors of the holocaust, the American response, and personal stories from holocaust survivors who settled in San Antonio.

One of the museum’s board members Harry Levy called the sign “doubly harmful in that it laughs at the memory of all the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust and is harmful to the precious few Holocaust survivors who witnessed the horrors of the Shoah first hand.”

INSIDER contacted the Jewish Federation of San Antonio for more information about the incident.

The term “fake news” is often used by President Donald Trump, and the acronym MAGA stands for the president’s 2016 campaign slogan “Make American Great Again.” While Trump has condemned anti-Semitism, his supporters include members of the alt-right. Additionally, critics have argued the president’s language has enabled a rise in hate speech, including anti-Semitism.

Anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise in the United States, according to a report from the Anti-Defamation League, surging 60% from 2016 to 2017. In October of 2018, a gunman opened fire in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing 11 in what is now the deadliest attack on Jews in the United States.

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