File Photo – Highland Park Police Department | Photo: Max Weingardt

Police are investigating after anti-Semitic graffiti, which consisted of a swastika, was found on Monday at a park in Highland Park, authorities said.

The City of Highland Park said they were notified on Monday about graffiti depicting a swastika found at Millard Park, 35 Ravine Drive.

The Park District of Highland Park took immediate action to remove the graffiti and the police department is actively investigating the incident.

Anyone with information regarding the anti-Semitic graffiti is encouraged to call the police non-emergency line at 847-432-7730.

“The City stands in solidarity with our Jewish community in denouncing all acts of antisemitism,” the city said in a statement.

“Hate-motivated acts have no place in our community and are antithetical to our values. As a community, we stand firmly behind our Statement Against Hate:
Hate has no home in Highland Park. The City strives to embody our inclusive and affirming values as an open and welcoming community,” the statement said.

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City officials say they strongly oppose prejudice, bias, hostility, discrimination or violence against individuals based on their race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, gender or gender identity.

“The City unequivocally condemns any racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, antisemitic, anti-LGBTQ+, ableist, or otherwise hate-motived groups or individuals who threaten any form of violence towards, harassment, or discrimination against our residents, visitors, students, or City staff. This behavior is never acceptable,” the city said in the statement.

City officials also said they recognize the “critical responsibility” of responding quickly to safeguard the community from hate and will “take every possible action to ensure that residents, workers, students, and visitors will not face discrimination or harassment.”

“Hate crimes and violence have no place in our city, state, or country and will not be tolerated,” the statement added.

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