Anti-Semitic Graffiti Sprayed on Dozens of Wisconsin Homes

Vandals deface more than 30 homes with derogatory slurs and swastikas; police not yet considering incidents a hate crime.

Swastika painted on wall of UC Davis Jewish frat house.
Swastika painted on wall of UC Davis Jewish frat house. (YouTube screenshot from Sacramento Bee)

At least 30 homes in Madison, Wisconsin, were vandalized overnight Friday, some with anti-Semitic slurs and swastikas.

Other residents awoke to derogatory words geared toward women and other minorities sprayed on their homes, cars, garage doors, mailboxes and driveways, according to the Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism.

One resident, Jim Stein, told Wisconsin television station WISC TV, "Everyone in the neighborhood is pretty upset."

Stein woke up Saturday morning to discover “F--- Jews” scrawled on a garage door across the street and a swastika on the driveway.

"It was, of course, extremely disturbing to me," Stein, who is the president of the Jewish Federation of Madison, told the station. Other graffiti included a garage door defaced with the words "KKK Bound."

Police estimate the damage at well over $10,000. They are not considering the vandalism a hate crime at this point in their investigation.

“It just looks like it's malicious damage,” Madison Police Officer David Dexheimer said. “While some of the things painted were troubling, we don’t know that was specifically targeted to a particular victim.”