July 19, 2024

The statue of Jewish Holocaust victim Anne Frank was vandalized with red paint reading ‘Gaza’ on Tuesday, Dutch politicians said.

Amsterdam councilor Stijn Nijssen said on X that it was shameful to draw attention to the Palestinian cause by defacing the Holocaust memorial in the Rivierenbuurt neighborhood park.

Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema called on potential witnesses to report the incident to the police, and said that there was no excuse for such an action.

“This young girl, who was so brutally murdered by the Nazis at the age of 15, reminds us and our city every day of humanity and gentleness, in the most difficult circumstances. How can you get it in your heart to make her memory so violent? Whoever it was, shame on you!” Halsema said on Instagram. “No Palestinian has been helped by smearing her precious statue.”

Center for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI) sarcastically remarked on social media that the statue’s vandalism was another example of “anti-Zionism.”