California Man Urged to Remove Swastika Display from His Home

Lawmakers in California on Thursday demanded that a Sacramento man take down poster-size swastikas displayed in front of his house, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

While calling the signs racist and vulgar, the lawmakers also acknowledged, however, the person had a right to free speech.

On the front door of the Sacramento house is a depiction of the American flag with a swastika replacing the stars next to the stripes. Two Israeli flags show swastikas in place of the Star of David, according to AP.

No one answered a knock on the door, where a note asked for privacy.

"It's time to remove this disgusting display of racism from our community," said state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, chairman of the Legislative Jewish Caucus.

He added that the symbols desecrate the memory of the six million Jews who died in concentration camps.

Police received a call Monday about the house in the middle-class River Park neighborhood, and a welfare check found there were no reportable crimes, Sacramento police spokesman Officer Justin Brown told AP.

"We haven't received any other complaints," he said.

On Thursday, Block was joined by lawmakers, veterans and labor leaders in calling for the homeowner to voluntarily remove the signs.

Along with the flag displays, a crude wooden statue with arms raised is draped in green fatigues and wrapped by a string of lights. A Palestinian Authority flag is flown on the side of the house.

Block said the man has the freedom to deface his own home, but stressed that does not make the use of the swastikas right.

"We have learned that the purveyors of hate tragically often follow their vile speech with criminal acts of terror," Block said, according to AP. "We've seen it around the world. I pray that's not going to be the case in this instance."

The display has upset some neighbors as well, the report noted. Robbie Rose, who lives nearby, told the local KCRA-TV he has thought about taking down the swastikas himself.

"How do I explain this to my little one?" asked Rose. "I am all for freedom of speech, but this is just too much. I really do want to get out of my car and rip that down. But the only reason I don't (is) because I do believe in being a good American, and I do believe in freedom of speech."

News of the inappropriate display at the California home comes following numerous incidents of anti-Semitism in the United States, which has not been immune to the growing number of anti-Semitic incidents in the world.

This week, the New York Daily News reported that a cabbie in New York City told a 51-year-old Jewish woman that "all Jews must die."

Earlier this month, more than 30 homes in Madison, Wisconsin were vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic expressions.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191911

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