Jewish Neighborhood in Brooklyn Defaced with Swastikas

June 16, 2012  

The Borough Park Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn was defaced with Nazi swastikas in a half-dozen different spots, including on a synagogue, on Friday.

The New York Daily News reported that three of the symbols were discovered painted along 16th Avenue: on a synagogue, Stolin Bais Medrash, on the Fishmans Grocery security gate and at 16th Avenue Glatt Takeout.

Another swastika was spotted on the side of a van parked on 42nd St. between 15th and 16th Avenues, police said, according to the report. The fifth was found on a building on 18th Ave, and a sixth swastika was also discovered on the outside of Junior High School 223, The Flatbush Scoop reported.

Police are looking for whoever is responsible and the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.

“What kind of sick person does this in a neighborhood of Holocaust survivors?” Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who represents Borough Park, was quoted by the New York Daily News as having said.

“There will be no tolerance for hatred here and our community will address this from top to bottom,” Hikind, whose parents also survived the Holocaust, added. “We’ll show that we’re serious about prosecuting criminals who would hurt us with their vile actions.”

The report said that City Councilman David Greenfield — who represents Midwood, Boro Park and Bensonhurst — has put up a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

“Once again, we find ourselves under attack from individuals who think nothing of spreading hate and fear throughout the community,” he said in a statement.

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