The McAllen, Texas offices of Republican Rep. Monica De La Cruz were spray painted overnight with the words, “Israel kills Jews too.” The vandals also left behind sheets sprayed with the words, “Monica murders,” and “Israel is doing genocide and you support it.” On the sidewalk in front of her office, “you can’t escape your crimes Monica” was spray painted.
McAllen is the largest city in Hidalgo County, which is in southern Texas, bordering Mexico, where millions of illegal immigrants have flooded across, and where known and suspected terrorists have slipped over the border. The Biden Administration decision to end Title 42 expulsions and to end the Remain-in-Mexico policy has led to historic levels of illegal crossings.
De La Cruz was unapologetic in her defense of Israel.
“On October 7th, Iranian-backed Hamas terrorists murdered over 1,000 innocent civilians, including many Americans, in the single largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust,” she wrote on X/Twitter.
“These pro-Hamas activists who have vandalized my office may disregard the importance of standing with our Jewish brothers and sisters during their darkest hour, but I do not,” De La Cruz wrote. “My support for Israel and the Jewish community is, always has been, and always will be unwavering.”
She said she has been in contact with local rabbis to reassure them that her support will not waver, in spite of the vandalism and barely veiled threats against her.
“I make no apologies for standing firmly against anti-Semitism. These vandals will not intimidate or silence me,” she wrote. “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, and such abhorrent behavior has no place in our community, our state, or our nation,” De La Cruz posted.
Earlier this week, a Jewish man in Los Angeles was killed by a pro-Hamas protester who hit him on the head.