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How this US town stood up to an unexpected act of anti-Semitism

29th August 2016

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Last week a Jewish woman in suburban Philadelphia was horrified to find a spray-painted swastika on her rubbish bin. 

Esther Cohen-Eskin was shocked when she saw the swastika on her bin, especially as she’s lived in Havertown for 20 years and the symbol was nowhere else in the neighbourhood.

(Matt Rourke/AP)
(Matt Rourke/AP)

As Esther is an artist, she responded to this act of hate in the best way she knew how - by painting over it in flowers - and her neighbours and hundreds of strangers across the world have followed suit.

Esther put letters in the mailboxes of her neighbourhood, asking them to paint their bins as well and turn symbols of hate into symbols of love. They immediately did so, and this strong message of unity against anti-Semitism has reached as far as Canada, Germany and Ireland.

(Matt Rourke/AP)
(Matt Rourke/AP)

Esther has received messages of support from all over the world, as well as pictures of similarly painted bins. Now that’s definitely a sentiment to brighten up your rubbish collection day.

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