Idaho Legislature leaders condemn defacing of memorial

BOISE - The leadership of the Idaho House and Senate has issued a statement condemning racist and anti-Semitic acts of vandalism in downtown Boise.

Boise Police continue to investigate the defacing of two tablets at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, discovered Tuesday, and graffiti on a nearby greenbelt tunnel as well as a sign dedicated to Bill Wassmuth, which was found early Thursday morning.

On Saturday, the House and Senate leaders of the Idaho Legislature issued the following bipartisan statement:

“Over the past several days, racist and anti-Semitic acts of vandalism have defaced tablets and signs at and near the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise. As members of the Idaho Legislature, we join with Idahoans of good conscience to condemn these hateful, intolerant and unacceptable acts. At this time, the Boise police are treating these acts as a hate crime. Hate-based behavior and the thinking it reflects have no place in Idaho.

“The defacement of the Memorial — a Memorial built to recognize and honor the struggle for our common humanity — is a strike against all Idahoans. In the midst of history at its worst, Anne Frank believed that, ‘In spite of everything, people are truly good at heart.’  Idahoans must show that they are ‘good at heart,’ by rejecting these actions completely.  In the words of Anne Frank, ‘Nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’”

Sen. Michelle Stennett, Senate Minority Leader

Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, Asst. Senate Minority Leader

Sen. Maryanne Jordan, Senate Minority Caucus Chair

Sen. Brent Hill, Senate President Pro Tempore

Sen. Bart Davis, Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Chuck Winder, Asst. Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Todd Lakey, Senate Majority Caucus Chair

 

Rep. Scott Bedke, House Speaker

Rep. Mike Moyle, House Majority Leader

Rep. Brent Crane, Asst. House Majority Leader

Rep. John Vander Woude, House Majority Caucus Chair

Rep. Mat Erpelding, House Minority Leader

Rep. Ilana Rubel, Asst. House Minority Leader

Rep. Elaine Smith, House Minority Caucus Chair

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