Adonis A. Irwin, a 32 year old Sherman Oaks resident, was arrested this morning as the suspect in yesterday’s vandalism at City Councilman Jack Weiss’ office.
Epoxied to the glass front door were three 8 1/2 -by-11-inch sheets of paper, each showing the Nazi flag in color. Another sheet, glued above Weiss’ name on the door, contained a printed message: “Mein Fuhrer Die Office Official of Natziesque Extraordinaire.”
The final sheet contained a long message that began: “Our policy: we have no time to listen to Jewish American children!!! If you don’t believe us, just try talking to us…. Hail Weiss!”
According to a police spokesman, “a suspect would probably be charged with felony vandalism with a hate crime enhancement that would make time in prison likely.”
But was this really a hate crime?
To be sure, the sight of a swastika is offensive to many, but the apparent intent of the vandal was to call Weiss a Nazi, not to make him fearful of Aryan aggression. Take away the visual aid (and vandalism) and this doesn’t much different than calling parking enforcement “Nazis”.
Of course, my opinion is based merely on evidence presented at the LA Times and Daily News. Perhaps there’s more that was written that hasn’t been reported to the media that would substantiate the charges of anti-semitism.
Besides, associating Weiss, who is Jewish, with being a Nazi seems odd considering he’s considered “a major advocate for the State of Israel” (from Wikipedia). His bio lists him as serving on the Southwest Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League, and when Weiss was first told of the vandalism he was meeting with the Israeli Consulate.
With that in mind, it sounds like whoever did this wasn’t an anti-Semite so much as a clueless nut who doesn’t think highly of Jack Weiss.