“I came over and saw it and it said ‘Vax the Jews’ and it was very disturbing to see that … and it didn’t feel good,” he said. “We live peacefully, we don’t have … any anti-Semitic incidents, people are very respectful of each other and for someone, only damaging a property and writing a property and writing something against the Jews or against any ethnic group is for.” really worrying me as a Jew, we felt really hurt and we felt we had to do something about it. “
Kyle Klain, chief operating officer of Barker Realty, said his staff removed the graffiti Friday morning. Just hours later, Levertov came to Klain with the idea of turning the incident into something more positive.
“His idea was that we should make a statement to show solidarity with the Jewish community, and so we want to put a menorah there to make sure people know that there is no place here for this kind of divisive, hateful Santa Fe gives language, ”said Klain.
The Santa Fe Jewish Center plans to place a 6 foot high menorah right next to where the message was written. They are still working on the details but want to hang it up for Hanukkah in early December.
Levertov says the menorah will give more than just light.
“Menoras are a symbol of freedom, a symbol of perseverance … we have menoras all over the world, especially in Santa Fe, we are putting them in the square and there will be another over here to show that Jews are strong Been through a lot in the last 3000 years, but our lights are still on, ”Levertov said.
Klain says Barker Realty takes pride in offering its sidewalk to bring the community together.
“We’re a local company, and as part of the fabric, they support all the groups that live here, and I think one of the attractions of Santa Fe is that it’s been a great melting pot for so long. And every time a group is chosen in this way, you have to show solidarity, ”he said.
Levertov says the hateful graffiti was reported to Santa Fe city guides.
KOB 4 contacted Santa Fe Police about the incident but received no response.