Antisemitic messages praising Adolf Hitler and calling for the murder of Jews were found written on a New York City subway train.
The StopAntiseitism organization posted photographs of the vandalism to X (formerly Twitter) on Sunday. According to the organization, the messages were written on the seats of the Q train.
One message read "Adolf, you was right." Beneath this message was an image that combined the letter Z with a swastika. While the letter Z has been widely used to symbolize support for Russia's invasion of Ukraine over the last two years, the repeated use of the symbol in graffiti calling for the murder of Jews suggests that it is meant to refer to Zionists in this context.
The other message read "gas the Jews," a reference to the use of poison gas as a weapon of genocide during the Nazi Holocaust. The phrase "gas the Jews" has been heard at several anti-Israel demonstrations around the world in the weeks since the Hamas massacre of over 1,200 people in southern Israel on October 7.
StopAntisemitism stated that “the handwriting appears to be from a female with a Cyrillic language background such as Russian.”
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) asked the organization to provide the four-digit number of the train in question so the graffiti could be removed.
New York City is one of many cities in the US and around the world that has seen a rise in antisemitism since the October 7 massacre, with multiple incidents occurring in the city's subway system.
In October, the message "kill the Jews" was found written on the wall of the 34th Street-Herald Square subway station, with the same Z symbol as the latest act of subway vandalism.
Also in October, a 29-year-old woman was punched in the face at a subway stop in New York by a man who said he hit the woman "because you're Jewish."