WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., said Friday that his home was vandalized by activists pushing for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war.
A spokesperson from the congressman’s office told NBC News that Smith’s garage was vandalized with red spray paint calling for a cease-fire. The alleged incident in Bellevue, Washington, took place around the same time that Israel renewed its assault in Gaza after the end of a weeklong truce with Hamas.
“Last night, my house was vandalized by people advocating for a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza,” Smith said in a statement. “This attack is sadly reflective of the coarsening of the political discourse in our country, and is completely unwarranted, unnecessary, and harmful to our political system.”
Smith’s office said that both the Bellevue police and U.S. Capitol Police were notified.
A representative from the Bellevue Police Department confirmed a vandalism complaint was received, and the department sent an officer to take a report. The incident remains an open investigation, the representative said.
The U.S. Capitol Police, though a statement from a spokesperson, said, “For safety reasons, the USCP does not discuss potential security measures for Members or any potential investigations.”
In addition to the cease-fire message, the words “Free Gaza” and “Baby Killer” were also spray-painted on Smith’s garage, according to photos provided by his office.
Health officials in Gaza say the death toll has surpassed 15,000 after weeks of Israeli attacks. The Israel Defense Forces estimates 1,200 people were killed in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, with around 140 people still held captive in Gaza.
Smith was in Washington, D.C., when the alleged incident occurred.
The alleged vandalism comes weeks after pro-Palestinian demonstrators calling for a cease-fire clashed with police at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., when several lawmakers were inside the building.
In his statement, Smith criticized “extremism” on both sides of the political spectrum, arguing it “is a threat to a healthy, functioning democracy and has been condoned for far too long.” He also noted that he and his staff have “continually” met with pro-Palestinian and left-wing activists, adding that he is still open to meeting with them and coming “together in a productive and peaceful way.”
Smith in late October said he “strongly” supported “the goal of significantly degrading and ultimately eliminating the Hamas terrorist organization.” In that same statement, he called for humanitarian pauses in fighting.