Statement on DeSean Jackson: The anti-Semitic comments displayed by DeSean Jackson on his instagram are deeply offensive and disturbing. These words have been used for centuries to support the vilification and extermination of Jews. As a representative of our city, we call on DeSean Jackson to stop spreading hate and bigotry and to become better educated about anti-Semitism.

“A man is in custody after he allegedly vandalized an Israeli flag in Center City to protest recent violence in Gaza.

Members of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia say they responded to a report Tuesday that the Israeli flag, which hangs on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, was being defaced. When they arrived they spotted a man spraying red paint on the flag.”