Vandalized Anne Frank statue undermines pro-Palestinian movement

Vandalized Anne Frank statue undermines pro-Palestinian movement


A statue of Anne Frank that was vandalized in Amsterdam on Tuesday is the latest example of a rise in global antisemitism stemming from tensions related to the Israel-Gaza conflict. 

This performative behavior is equal parts irrational and offensive.

Writing “Gaza” in red paint at the bottom of an Anne Frank statue does nothing tangible to help the pro-Palestinian movement. It’s actually antithetical to the entire cause. Promoting animosity by defacing a historic and culturally significant monument delegitimizes the rest of the pro-Palestinian supporters who do have their hearts in the right place. 

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That’s the main problem with the movement: it’s so difficult to tell which pro-Palestinian protesters are justifiably upset about innocent civilian deaths in Gaza and which ones harbor genuine hatred toward the

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