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Friday, August 06, 2004

Swastikas in San Francisco

I want you to read Roger Simon's post, Backtracking Again, and not because he links to me in it (undoubtedly a fun thing). Read it because if you don't, you won't know about David Heller.

David Heller is running for the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco. He's Jewish. So somebody's defaced his campaign posters with swastikas. The only news article I could find says that Heller is a beauty shop owner, and that he lost all of his relatives on his father's side to the Nazis.

Is it the reporter or the ADL who infers that Heller himself is to blame? We blog. You decide.
Heller used the colors of the Israeli flag for his posters. The Anti-Defamation League says references to Israel can set off anti-Semitic attacks.

My friend Lisa, who's very wise, says it must have been a neo-Nazi or a Muslim who did it. She said that while the Left feeds this sort of thing (a la Gore comparing Bush's staff to Nazi "brown shirts"), they wouldn't actually deface a sign with a swastika. I'm not so sure, but I take comfort in her opinion.

The comments at Simon's post are a must-read, very thoughtful and not a little scary. This is a very important discussion, one we must have.

That Roger Simon's a stand-up guy after all. I'm glad.

UPDATE: The San Francisco Examiner quotes the ADL regional director as saying the graffiti was not an isolated incident and that "we have a unique problem in San Francisco of hate crime targeting Jews."

UPDATE II: Arabs Behead Another Infidel - said to be Benjamin Vanderford from San Francisco

Reuters - "I am from San Francisco, California," the young man in the video said, dressed in a plain beige T-shirt and seated on a chair. "We need to leave this country right now. If we don't, everyone is gonna be killed in this way," he said.

"We need to leave this country alone. We need to stop this occupation." The video then showed a hand with a large knife slicing through the neck of a limp body.

. . . . The chanting of verses from the Koran, the Muslim holy book, could be heard in the background. . . .

The American gave his name and address before appealing to the United States to leave Iraq.

The name and address appeared to match a Benjamin Vanderford, who has a U.S. Web site and who resembles the man in the militant video. He is described on the Vanderford site as a 22-year-old independent candidate for district supervisor in San Francisco. He is also a musician and video-game programer.

Small world, and getting smaller.

UPDATE III: DESPICABLE!

Benjamin Vanderford of San Francisco admits to faking a hoax video appearing to show himself beheaded in Iraq as part of campaign for local office. Fake tape appeared around world. Saturday. (Debka)

FoxNews: [Vanderford] said he understood if relatives of those killed in Iraq thought his stunt was misguided, but he offered no apologies for the hoax.

And here I desecrated Shabbat, the Sabbath, to blog about his beheading?! because it was so upsetting....

Gd forgive me, I should have known better.