SYDNEY — Campaign billboards in New Zealand were defaced with anti-Semitic slurs about Prime Minister John Key, the son of a Jewish refugee from Europe.
Ahead of the election on Sept. 20, several billboards were daubed last week, the local media reported. One billboard was scrawled with the words “Lying Jew c***sucker” and defaced the image of Key with a black hat and sidelocks.
Key, the leader of the conservative National Party, is seeking a third term in office.
“I just find it disappointing for the Jewish community,” Key, who acknowledges his Jewish ancestry but is not a practicing Jew, told local media.