By Moira Warburton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Brad Schneider’s office was targeted by what the Democratic lawmaker called on Friday “a vile act of hate”, after posters of Israeli hostages held in Gaza were torn down from outside his office in the U.S. Capitol building.

Schneider, a staunch supporter of Israel, posted a photo of the posters crumpled on the floor.

“This was a shameful act on any day, but especially on July 4, our country’s Independence Day,” Schneider said on social media.

The U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement that it was “aware and investigating” but could provide no further details.

Schneider also said his home was targeted last weekend, with “approximately 50 masked demonstrators banging drums, blowing horns and screaming antisemitic chants” at 2:30 a.m. Media outlets have reported that pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated outside his house in the early hours.

Schneider, who is Jewish, represents a district covering the suburbs north of Chicago, Illinois.

(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Washington, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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