Swastika Stickers, 'We Are Everywhere' Graffitied on Jewish Museum

Security camera footage captured a masked man on Tuesday placing swastika stickers emblazoned with the words "We are everywhere" on the Jewish museum in Anchorage, Alaska.

The suspect is described as a tall, thin man, wearing a hooded shirt and mask. He was seen placing antisemitic symbols on both the Alaska Jewish Museum, and a gay bar in downtown, Anchorage, according to police.

Each sticker contained a black swastika, the symbol of the Nazi party, along with the threatening message.

Rabbi Yosef Greenberg, the president of the Alaska Jewish Museum's board of directors, said the man rode a scooter to the museum at approximately 2 a.m. Tuesday and placed four stickers across the door and windows, the Associated Reported Friday. Around 45 minutes later, another sticker was placed on the entrance door of Mad Myrna's, a gay bar located in downtown Anchorage.

"There is no place for hate in our community," the Anchorage Police Department said in a statement Tuesday while asking for the public's help in identifying the individual.

Swastika stickers investigation; Public's help needed https://t.co/FClJ4m4qw6

— Anchorage Police Department (@AnchoragePolice) May 27, 2021

"What that sticker symbolizes is hate," police spokesperson MJ Thim told the AP. "And we're not going to stand for it, and there's no place for it. And we're going to investigate it and figure out what this is all about."

The police department said Tuesday that they would partner with the FBI to determine if there were any potential state or federal civil rights violations associated with the incident.

"This is just another example of people trying to demonize the LGBTQ community and Jewish people," Laura Carpenter, executive director of Identity Inc., a statewide LGBTQ+ organization headquartered in Anchorage, told the AP.

Under Adolf Hitler's rule in World War II, Nazi's systematically murdered over 6 million Jews, and placed about 15,000 gay people into deadly concentration camps.

"Jewish people have 4,000 years' experience of persecution," Greenberg told the AP, adding that the suspect is "dealing with the wrong people."

"We are not the people that fear," he told the news outlet.

Police are now searching for the person who responsible, in order "to make a statement that the entire community us united, that such things cannot happen in this community," Greenberg added. Security personnel will now be patrolling the museum and adjacent property for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday's vandalism is just one of many antisemitic incidents to occur in the U.S. over the past several weeks. On Thursday, a swastika was found spray-painted on The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a message that read "Jews are guilty."

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Swastika stickers with the message "We are everywhere" were found outside of the Alaska Jewish Museum and Mad Myrna's bar on Tuesday in Anchorage, Alaska. According to the ADL, antisemitic attacks have risen by 75 percent in the U.S. amid recent violence between Israel and Hamas. Above, people attend a rally denouncing antisemitism on May 27, in Cedarhurst, New York. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The uptick in antisemitic incidents have occurred amid the recent violence between Israel and Hamas. According to The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), in the two weeks of fighting in the region, antisemitic attacks or vandalism increased by 75 percent in the U.S.

On Twitter, the group said it found over 17,000 tweets using variations of the phrase "Hitler was right" between May 7 and 14,

"It's happening around the world—from London to Los Angeles, from France to Florida, in big cities like NYC and in small towns, and across every social media platform," Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the ADL said in a recent statement.

Newsweek contacted the Anchorage Police Department for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.