Anti-Israel protesters have vandalised the offices of one the most outspoken pro-Israel Democrats in the US Congress.
The district office of Ritchie Torres, who represents South Bronx, was vandalised with blood-red paint.
A doll set up in his Bronx office to represent baby Jesus was covered in red paint on Christmas Day (December 25).
A sign reading “Bethlehem, where Jesus was born is in Palestine, 9,000+ kids in Gaza murdered by Israel with support from Richie Torres,” was affixed by the vandals above the display.
The Bronx Palestine Solidarity Committee claimed credit for the vandalism.
Posting photos of the damage on X/Twitter, Torres said: “On Christmas Day, anti-Israel extremists vandalised my Bronx Office with red paint, symbolising blood.
On Christmas Day, anti-Israel extremists vandalized my Bronx Office with red paint, symbolizing blood.— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) December 26, 2023
Covered in “blood” is a doll meant to symbolize Jesus, whom the vandals describe as a “Palestinian child messiah.”
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“Covered in “blood” is a doll meant to symbolise Jesus, whom the vandals describe as a “Palestinian child messiah.”
“The escalation in intimidation and incitement against Members of Congress feels like it is heading in a dangerous direction.
“I, for one, will not be intimidated.”
Torres has emerged as one of Congress’ staunchest advocates for Israel in the wake of the October 7 attack, voicing his opposition to advocates’ calls for a ceasefire in the region.
He has also denounced the spread of antisemitism on American college campuses.