A mural on the side of the Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle Southern California campus at 1525 S. Robertson boulevard defaced with graffiti. More details to come. Photo by Julie Fax.
The Journal has been unable to determine when the graffiti had been spray-painted onto the building, as the center could not be reached immediately for an interview on Thursday morning.
The mural—entitled, ”A shenere un besere velt,” according to the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, which is the Yiddish phrase for, “A more beautiful and better world—features cultural, biblical and historical imagery. The mural’s artwork depicts a menorah, Israelites wandering in the desert, a young girl waving Israeli and American flags and more.
Artist Elisio Art Silva completed the mural in 1998, according to the conservancy organization.
Photos obtained by the Journal on Thursday morning by a Pico-Robertson resident who was driving by and spotted the defaced building reveal that the graffiti spans nearly the entire length of the building, which, according to the conservancy group, measures sixty-feet-long and fifteen-feet-high.
Robert Adler-Peckerar, executive director of L.A.-based organization Yiddishkayt, which is a frequent collaborator with the national office and local branch of Workmen’s Circle, said that the message of the graffiti reflects an ignorance of the mission of the victimized group. He described Workmen’s Circle as being historically committed to ideas of “social progress, equality, human rights, civil rights and the general pursuit of human dignity,” which includes seeking a peaceful resolution between Israelis and Palestinians.
“I feel like this [the graffiti] indicates something much more about thoughtlessness than about an actual commitment to a free Palestine,” Adler-Peckerar told the Journal. “And a tremendous amount of cultural illiteracy [on the part of the vandal(s).]”
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