A Confederate flag was discovered outside a Jewish museum in Lower Manhattan early Friday, prompting officials to condemn the hurtful stunt and call on the authorities to investigate.
The flag — which has been adopted by far-right extremists — was tied overnight to the front door of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park, the museum said.
Jack Kliger, the museum’s president and CEO, said he is working with the NYPD to help identify the suspect or suspects.
“This is an atrocious attack on our community and on our institution and must be met with the swift and forceful response by law enforcement,” Kliger said in a statement.
“The Confederate flag is a potent symbol of white supremacy, as evidenced by the events at the U.S. Capitol this week.”
Supporters of President Trump, many of them wearing red “Making America Great Again” hats while carrying Trump and Confederate flags, stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday during a violent siege that killed five people, including a Capitol police officer, three who suffered medical emergencies, and an Air Force veteran who was among the rioters.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were quick to condemned the vandalism calling the Confederate flag a “symbol of hate.”
“The Confederate flag is a symbol of hate,” de Blasio tweeted in response to the incident. “We have ZERO tolerance for acts of fascism and bigotry. There will be consequences for those responsible.”
“The Confederate flag is a repulsive symbol of hate, and I am disgusted by reports that someone attempted to intimidate our Jewish neighbors by tying one to the door of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City,” Cuomo said in a statement, adding that he’s asked the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate.
The NYPD says it is investigating the incident.
“It is, as the museum says, an atrocious act,” said a department spokesman.