Fake blood was among the pro-Palestinian vandalism at Rep. David Valadao's office in Hanford in Kings County, Monday, Nov. 28, 2023. (Photo/@RepDavidValada on X)
Fake blood was among the pro-Palestinian vandalism at Rep. David Valadao's office in Hanford in Kings County, Monday, Nov. 28, 2023. (Photo/@RepDavidValada on X)

Central Valley congressman’s office vandalized with anti-Israel posters, fake blood

A California member of Congress reported that his district office south of Fresno had been vandalized by pro-Palestinian activists.

A photo published on X shows the Hanford office of Rep. David Valadao, a moderate Republican who voted to impeach President Donald Trump after Jan. 6, plastered with notices showing children “murdered by Israel,” and red splatter that Valadao said was dye or some other substance.

It was not immediately clear why Valadao was targeted, other than the fact that he’s shown strong support for Israel since the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks. In the days and weeks following the attack he voted alongside most members of Congress to provide emergency funding to Israel, to sanction Hamas and to condemn antisemitism on college campuses.

“America must send a clear message that we support Israel and Jewish people here at home and abroad,” he wrote in a tweet on Nov. 3 with a photo of an American flag and an Israeli flag that said “I stand with Israel.”

The incident in Hanford follows a number of dramatic pro-Palestinian protests in California and across the country, some of which have resulted in arrests. In San Francisco on Nov. 16, dozens of protesters calling for an immediate cease-fire in the war in Gaza were taken into custody by state police after blocking traffic for hours on the Bay Bridge. Days earlier, hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists were briefly detained following a “sit-in” demonstration at an Oakland federal office building.

Also in recent weeks, multiple American synagogues have been vandalized with anti-Israel and antisemitic graffiti.

In an interview that aired Tuesday morning on the conservative television channel Newsmax, Valadao said several police agencies were investigating the incident, including the Capitol Police, who are responsible for protecting members of Congress. He said surveillance footage was captured at the scene, that “about three to four, maybe five” perpetrators were involved and that based on the damage, felony charges were likely.

Valadao, who represents largely agricultural counties in the 22nd district, criticized the vandals as people who “side with terrorists.”

“Not only do we just disagree with them fundamentally on what they’re trying to message, but this is just not the way to do it,” he said, adding that the vandalism “doesn’t change” his position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “In fact it solidifies our position.”

Gabe Stutman
Gabe Stutman

Gabe Stutman is the news editor of J. Follow him on Twitter @jnewsgabe.