More than 2 Dozen Swastikas Found Carved into Midwood Sidewalk
Police are searching for a suspect who was caught carving more than two dozen swastikas into fresh cement in Brooklyn, the New York Daily News reported.
The vandalism occurred early Saturday morning in the predominately Jewish neighborhood of Midwood. The surveillance footage showed a darkhaired man etching several of the Nazi symbols in new cement outside of 242 Newkirk Ave. as he held a flashlight in his mouth, according to a Metro US report.
Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind told the Daily News that the owners of the building alerted him and the police about the carvings when they discovered them on Monday.
Hikind shared the surveillance video on his YouTube and Facebook pages.
“What has happened to society that people take any pleasure in spreading hate? Imagine the reaction of Holocaust survivors and their descendants who live in this community when they come across these symbols of hate? This was a purposeful determination to hurt people. But the surprise will be on the vandal who brought this hate crime to this neighborhood. He was caught clearly on video.
Our community supports and works with the police. I have great confidence that the perpetrator of this hate crime will be caught.”
The Midwood swastika vandalism is the latest in an outbreak of vandalism seen both around the city and the nation in recent months.
In November, the symbols were drawn on dorm room doors at The New School and on a sidewalk in Crown Heights, which is also a predominately Jewish neighborhood. A few weeks later, anti-Semitic and anti-police graffiti was found at a Queens playground.
The symbols have also been seen drawn on several snow-covered vehicles in Borough Park, Brooklyn, following a storm.
In a statement released to the media, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday condemned the anti-Semitic vandalism in Brooklyn where multiple swastikas were carved into freshly poured concrete.
The ADL has been in contact with NYPD in the wake of the incident, which is being investigated by the Hate Crimes Task Force. Video footage in media reports depicts a man carving multiple swastikas into the sidewalk.
“This incident comes amid a concerning surge in reports of anti-Semitic vandalism across New York State,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director. “This act of hate is an affront to the Jewish community and to all New Yorkers. We commend the professional and responsible work of the
NYPD — and in particular the Hate Crimes Task Force — for swiftly investigating this upsetting incident.”
Mr. Bernstein added, “Brooklyn has seen its fair share of anti-Jewish animus over the past several years and we urge the borough’s leadership to continue using its platform to condemn all forms of hate, especially when it surfaces in such a fashion.”
ADL’s annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents found a 50 percent increase in instances of anti-Jewish vandalism across New York State from 2015 to 2016, including 63 total anti-Semitic incidents in Brooklyn last year and 22 in the first quarter of 2017.
Police are searching for a suspect who was caught carving more than two dozen swastikas into fresh cement in Brooklyn