Swastikas spray-painted in San Diego communities

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Just this past week swastika symbols were found scattered in San Diego’s beach communities. One was engraved on the hood of family’s car in Bird Rock and another was sprayed on the street in front of a Pacific Beach home.

KUSI’s Dani Ruberti sat down with Tammy Gillies with the Anti-Defamation League and she says this is more than just vandalism.

“It’s not just targeting one person, but it’s meant to instill fear in an entire community and that’s what really brings it to a level of a hate crime vs just a vandalism” says Gillies.

She says it happens in our community more than you think. She sees these hateful symbols defacing homes, cars and streets weekly.

Gillies comments, “We would like to think in San Diego we’re immune to that, but this shows that we’re not and it should give all of us pause to think about our actions during the day and what we’re teaching our children about.”

The ADL is still offering a three thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest after a swastika was painted on a Jewish family’s home in Poway back in December.

“It’s about saying San Diego should be no place for hate. We need to be a community that comes together, whether its a hate incident towards the Jewish community, or towards any other community, we need to stand together and say we’re not going to tolerate this here” says Gillies.

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