FACT CHECK: Viral X Image Showing Swastika Painted On Door Stems From 2017 Incident
A viral image shared on X, formerly Twitter, purports to show a swastika painted on the door of a home in Lyon, France, where a Jewish woman was recently stabbed.
A Jewish woman was found stabbed in her apartment in Lyon, France. She is now fighting for her life in hospital.
The assailant painted a swastika on her door. pic.twitter.com/iVuv4Qzd75
— Aviva Klompas (@AvivaKlompas) November 4, 2023
The image stems from a 2017 incident that took place in Michigan, according to the U.K.-based outlet The Telegraph.
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The X post, viewed over 300,000 times, purports to show a swastika painted on the door of a home in Lyon, France, where a Jewish woman was recently stabbed. “A Jewish woman was found stabbed in her apartment in Lyon, France. She is now fighting for her life in hospital. The assailant painted a swastika on her door,” the image’s caption reads.
The image is not recent, however, and stems from a 2017 incident that took place in Michigan, according to the U.K.-based outlet The Telegraph. Erin Zettle found the symbol painted on her door and posted about the incident on Facebook, The Telegraph reported. Zettle originally planned to paint over the graffiti but instead covered it with a piece of cardboard bearing a quotation from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” the outlet indicated.
The website Inspire More also covered the incident, praising Zettle’s response to the vandal. The website noted the Facebook post from Zettle bearing the quotation went viral and that she planned to regularly switch out the quote based on suggestions from her friends. In addition to the Harry Potter quote, the website included a photo of the cardboard featuring a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that,” the quote reads.
Although the viral image shared on X stems from the 2017 incident, Reuters recently reported that a Jewish woman was stabbed in Lyon, France on Nov. 4, and a swastika was found graffitied at her home. Police were searching for the perpetrator of the incident and could not confirm whether they were treating the attack as an anti-Semitic hate crime, the outlet indicated. (RELATED: Photo Claiming To Show Airstrike In Gaza Is Actually From 2021)
More than 180,000 people peacefully marched across France on Nov. 12 to protest anti-Semitism amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, according to The Associated Press.
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