The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia strongly condemns hate speech in our community and throughout the world. When anti-Semitic hate speech was expressed by Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill, we immediately took action with national and local partners. We have and will continue to condemn comments that reject the state of Israel and the Jewish connection to our homeland.

The day after border clashes in Gaza on Israel’s 70th anniversary ended with some 50 unarmed Palestinian protesters killed, a Philly man was arrested for allegedly vandalizing an Israeli flag hanging over the Ben Franklin Parkway with red paint.

Antoine Guyton, 26, was charged with institutional vandalism and criminal mischief for allegedly using a “modified Super Soaker” to spray the Israeli flag near 16th and Ben Franklin Parkway with red paint on May 15.