Brooklyn Swastikas Found: Another Anti-Semitic Crime Under Investigation
The string of anti-Semitic crimes in Brooklyn continues.
The New York City Police Department is now investigating an incident in which a swastika was scratched into an elevator on Ross Street in Williamsburg.
This is the second time an elevator in the building has been vandalized with the anti-Semitic symbol.
The offending swastikas have since been removed.
This incident comes after a shocking anti-Semitic hate crime in Brooklyn earlier this month, where three cars were set ablaze and over a dozen swastikas were scrawled on benches.
As New York Magazine reports:
[P]olice, who are handling the incident as a hate crime, say that "KKK" was spray-painted on the side of a van, swastikas were scrawled on benches, and the words "Fuck Jews" were written on the sidewalk. "The fact that this most recent attack came on the heels of the 73rd anniversary of Kristalnacht [sic] may or may not be a coincidence,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement.
The area of Brooklyn targeted contains one of the largest concentrations of Holocaust survivors outside of Israel, according to the New York Times.
The jarring incident prompted over a hundred people to take to the streets in a protest for tolerance.
Just a week later, a subway station sign in Brooklyn was vandalized to read "Avenue Jew." As Fox reports:
A vandal altered a sign at the J train subway station in a heavily Jewish neighborhood of Midwood. The letters "e" and "w" added with blue spray paint at the end of the "J" in the Avenue J sign to make it read "Avenue Jew."
Despite the appearance of a string of hate crimes targeting the Jewish population, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz characterized the events as anomalies in an interview with CBS New York. "You will discover that they are anti-Semitic hooligans probably drunk on the beer they used and think this is fun," he said.
The elevator incident is being investigated by the NYPD hate crimes task force. So far, no-one has been arrested.