We would like to please outline and explain why the murals on Old Pecos Trail violate Santa Fe Municipal Code against inciteful propaganda.
First of all, they are hateful and propagate the age-old anti-Semitic blood libel. For centuries, Jews have been accused of the most outrageous crimes, including killing children. This was a favorite of the Nazi regime – Jews were dehumanized, demonized and portrayed as committing the most despicable violent acts.
There is a striking resemblance with one of the Santa Fe murals. The Israeli soldier pointing the weapon at the children is a Jew, as are nearly all Israeli soldiers. He represents the world’s only Jewish state, Israel. And he is pointing his weapon at defenseless children.
Really? Israeli soldiers gunning down innocent children? This is a blood libel portrait that Hitler would be proud of.
This is so outrageous when one considers the facts of the conflict. The Israel Defense Force has the strictest ethical and moral conduct of any army in the world, with painstaking measures to protect innocent civilians. Flyers are distributed and text messages are sent to Palestinian civilians when Israel defends herself against military installations in Gaza. This is because Hamas uses innocent women and children as human shields. And any bullet fired by the IDF that is unlawful requires a formal investigation.
So what happens when the anti-Semitic blood libel claim is made against Jews? History has shown that violence and murder of Jews almost always follows. Our grandparents left Russia because our community was being systematically murdered (pogroms).
The world currently is experiencing a huge rise in anti-Semitism and Santa Fe is contributing to the hate with these murals. They need to be removed.
Todd Goldblum and Barbara Einhorn live in Albuquerque.