Photo Credit: Robin Belinsky
Anti-Semitic vandals snapped together white plastic tiles to form a giant swastika on the football field of El Camino High School in San Francisco.

Anti-Semitism is alive and kicking in San Francisco, California.

A giant swastika was plastered on El Camino High School’s football field sometime after graduation last Friday, and stayed there, unnoticed, the entire weekend. Removable, snap-together tiles were linked together to construct the massive Nazi symbol of the Third Reich.


Assistant Principal Gary Gooch called the incident “dispiriting and disturbing,” telling the SFGate news site in an interview this week “it just really puts a damper on things.”

Gooch said police have launched an investigation into the incident. “It kind of boggles the mind that someone would do that,” he said.

“You hope it’s someone who has no idea what that means.”

Custodians only noticed the swastika when they arrived at the field on Monday. They immediately alerted school officials and then pulled it apart. But some residents had already seen the hateful symbol.

Brisbane resident Robin Belinsky, who is Jewish, certainly noticed it as she drove by the school; she stopped to snap photos and shoot video of the swastika on the field.

Although she said the community is one that is very “accepting,” she said “these types of incidents need to be brought to the public’s attention. Hate still happens.”

Belinsky said she remembers her own experiences with anti-Semitism as a child in school in Pacifica, and she wants to make sure her own child does not have to do the same.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. It is prophesized, that all Jew's, will one day live in Israel. Incidents, like this, will cause us to leave. Today, Jew's are vacating Europe. Tomorrow, America. We are being replaced by Muslims. I guess this is what the anti-semites, want.

  2. Please note that the Crooked Cross is not only offensive to Jews but should be to all who served this country to destroy the Nazis. When they are caught a very strict penalty should be handed out. If this is impossible I know a group you can turn them over to and they will get justice.

  3. I was a child many years ago when the discussion at the dinner table was how a group of neo-Nazis called Skinheads wanted to march the streets of some town which was predominately settled by Jewish citizens. My Dad was confident the Supreme Court would say "no."

    When the ruling came down that our "free speech" allowed them to indeed march, my Dad lost a lot of his faith in the Justice system of America. That one ruling made him forever, until his passing, call the members of the Supreme Court, a barrel of baboons.

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