About 100 demonstrators held a peaceful march for tolerance just days after suspects vandalized a largely Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood with swastikas, KKK markings and other anti-Semitic symbols.
Vandals set at least three cars on fire and left traces of Nazi symbolism and profanity on benches and sidewalks along one Midwood street in the New York City borough Friday morning, the Associated Press reports.
About 27 beer bottles were also found at the scene, the New York Daily News points out. Police said they would try to lift fingerprints and DNA from the containers. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime.
Brooklyn Senator Eric Adams told Brooklyn's NY1 he was upset about the events.
"This is the symbol that is part of our dark history. That is not going to find a way in our future," he said.
The Associated Press points out the attacks occurred one day after the anniversary of Kristallnacht, a violent attack against Jewish populations in Nazi Germany when synagogues, businesses and houses were torched or destroyed.
And some people don't think it is a coincidence.
"Whoever did this are intelligent bigots," Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes told the New York Post. "Somebody was trying to make a statement."
The latest incident is among a series of other recent crimes targeting Jews, Brooklyn NY1 reports, and residents and officials are urging that all matters be thoroughly investigated.
"The police has to take notice, because it wasn't a long time ago that the world did not take notice of what was going on in Nazi Germany, and they allowed things to happen, discrimination against Jews," Brooklyn Assemblyman Joseph Lentol told the station.
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the vandalism in a statement: "...This kind of hateful act has no place in the freest city in the freest country in the world," the JTA reports.
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