Why Did The Vortex Display Massive Nazi-Like Anti-Semitic Mural?

February 26, 2019

The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced The Vortex, a privately-funded organization in downtown Los Angeles for displaying a shocking mural that depicts Israel as a diabolical devil that murders babies.

Vortex describes its mission: ..."Its purpose is to facilitate and empower people who are working for positive social change at a grass roots level by providing a performance/event space at low cost. ... We invite promoting the idea of joining people in a common cause".

“Does Vortex believe that depicting Jews as baby-murdering devils is part of their self-described mandate ‘of joining people in a common cause’?” demanded Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human Rights NGO.

“This pornographic mural of hate further fuels the forces of anti-Semitism in a city that is home to the second largest Jewish community in the world. And spare us the artistic freedom mantra - Vortex would never allow the KKK or Nazis access to their facility. Vortex owes Los Angeles a full explanation of who painted it, how this slander was approved for public display, and what steps it will take to assure the Jewish community it would never be repeated,” Rabbi Cooper concluded.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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