More than 2 Dozen Swastikas Found Carved into Mid­wood Side­walk

The Jewish Voice - - THE HAMPTONS - By: Fern Sid­man

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

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