Dear Boulder City Council:
Thank you to Rachel Amaru and Bruce Schaeffer for raising this issue.
My 16-year-old son and I are two of the people who put up the posters of hostages that were torn down in the video. We fully intend to replace them. New posters have already been printed.
When my son and I went home from Pearl Street that day I asked him, “How is your Jewish identity these days?” He asked what I meant and I said, “Given all that’s happening in the world with the war and anti-Semitism, how does it feel for you to be a Jew?” He said, “Putting up the posters helped.”
I am looking for the city’s help in making my son, feel safe, accepted, and supported as a Jew in the city of Boulder.
Other cities in the US and around the world have implemented $500-1000 fines for anyone, caught tearing down posters of hostages, with the monies collected going to aid in Israel. Please consider this.