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Cars Torched, Anti-Semitic Graffiti Left in NYC Jewish Neighborhood

Cars Torched, Anti-Semitic Graffiti Left in NYC Jewish Neighborhood

On Sunday, NYC elected officials, Jewish community leaders and dozens of residents marched in Brooklyn after three cars were set on fire in Midwood and a Hasidic man was attacked in Williamsburg on Friday. The Midwood neighborhood looked like a “war zone“: Cars had been spray-painted with the letters “KKK,” four public benches had been defaced with swastikas and other anti-Semitic messages had been written on the sidewalk before dawn on Friday.

Social worker Nochum Elek had his nose broken when he was attacked by a group of Hispanic men in Williamsburg in what he and police described as a mugging.

The swastikas had been removed within hours of being found. Police had not made any arrests as of Sunday afternoon; they are currently lifting fingerprints and DNA from 27 Corona beer bottles found near the scene. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is also investigating.

The marchers and others noted that both attacks had occurred on the day after the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, when Nazis attacked synagogues and Jewish communities on November 9 – 10 in 1938.

On Sunday, standing near the site in Williamsburg where Elek was mugged, City Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn) called for an increased police presence. Marchers carried an Israeli flag. Among them were Rabbi Chaim Gruber, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel and some 25 people from Occupy Wall Street in Manhattan, which issued a statement condemning the vandalism.

Lentol emphasized that the Jewish community “has to be protected now” and said that

“We see a pattern going on. Whatever it takes. I think that the mayor of the city of New York and the police commissioner should understand that this is going to require not only police presence here, but in every Jewish community.”

The New York Daily News said that, as politicians ended their speeches, a “vigilante group” yelled “get lost.” Rabbi Nauchem Rosenberg said that the politicians were only there “to get votes.”

Also on Sunday, State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, state Sen. Eric Adams and others gathered in Midwood near where the cars were torched. Said Hikind:

“I’ve never seen this level of violence here. This goes beyond the pale — blowing up cars in the middle of the Jewish community.”

Afterwards, Hikind “rushed to see his 90-year-old mother,” who is an Auschwitz survivor. Noting that he walks with her past the very benches that were defaced with swastikas, he said “All I could think about was my mother sitting on a bench with a swastika.”

Chaim Deutsch, the founder of the Flatbush Shomrim, said that, “When you see swastikas in New York City, it’s often a bunch of kids,” but  the torching of the three cars and “all the hate stuff” suggests that what happened last Friday is “a lot more serious.”

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12:33AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Persecution and prejudice is wrong everywhere. And Jews are the most oftentimes targetted race.

10:11PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

How did Muslims get into this. Wasn't this done by skinhead KKK members, i.e. Natzis?

5:59AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Mabolsa: It is impossible to reason with some who doesn't have a belief. Also the selection of your words is totally unsuitable for a person who is supposed to Care.

On the other hand the subject matter was the "suffering" of a Jewish community which is nothing compared to the suffering they perpetrate on the others. (I was referring to the Zionists who are Jews just by name but have an extreme agenda of domination in the area they have settled in or the world if allowed to do so)
If you think this is untrue then educate yourself with their literature and speeches of their present and past leaders. Go on the I tube and look at the jokes they make of anyone other than them selves (including Christians, Muslims and others)
They are no way suffering from anyone. What is happening here is nothing compared to their actions. If you don't like this statement then TOUGH and get back to your rest room and rest. You can't change what the rest of the world knows to be true.
Calm down or you will have a heart attack.

4:25AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Good Lord, will the human race ever become civilized?

5:35PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

WOW! Mention a trashing of any race and te fangs come out. Someone asked what this has to do with Muslims. I see nothing related to this. And for the person whoo claims that most people who are raised in chaos are criminals as adults; do your research. There is a likelihood that people with criminal records did have abuse etc in childhood (or fetal alcohol syndrome which is a prenatal form of abuse) having a hbistory of abuse does not necessarily make one a common criminal.

Focus on the issue that Jewish people are still being tortured after all these years.

1:33PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

There are a lot of thoughtful comments here yet I am appalled at the spewing of ignorance here as well. I am Jewish albeit and atheist. I don't like religion as it seems to cause way too many problems. What happened in NY has nothing to do Muslims, Zionism, children, and possibly not Palestinians. IT has to do with anti semitism, hatred of Jews (and Semites in general but it is usually applied to Jews). I really do not get the blaming and the hatred I am reading really don't understand the comment about the "jews not existing". All I feel the need to ask is what the hell is wrong with many of you? You are condemning hatred yet many of you sound hateful yourselves.
It is true that we have been around for centuries-remember Moses and Jesus. for all those centuries we have been forced to move around. There is even a plant named after us-the wandering jew. Anti semitism is as old as we have been around. We don't proselytize which is one good thing I can say about Judaism. It's not even easy to convert.
While not a fan of religion to attack these people just because they are Jews is wrong. That is the bottom line so take your ugly remarks somewhere else. Sometimes I have to wonder when reading comments on Care 2 if people actually think or just like to blow hot air. It is quite disconcerting at times.

11:30AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

@ Marilyn L.

Very well said!!

11:24AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

"The marchers and others noted that both attacks had occurred on the day after the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, when Nazis attacked synagogues and Jewish communities on November 9 – 10 in 1938" And that was the beginning of the final solution.

“…Israeli crimes {repeated violations of international laws…” I suppose a person who writes something like this thinks that it is perfectly OK for some extremist Palestinians to strap on bombs, send rockets across the border to Israel, for all border countries with Israel to not once but many times start wars with her to ‘push her into the sea’ (Israel never started one of those wars, but she finished them although she was outnumbered and outgunned) or to captured Israeli’s for ransom. It’s this kind of dribble from some commenter’s that show their ignorance of history, the situation and their inability to see both sides of a story. In recent years there are enough shameful actions from the right-wing in Israel and from the Palestinian’s Hamas, Hezbollah and others; neither side is exempt from the shame or blame. Both sides should come to the peace table and stop wasting the lives of their children. Israel is a reality and it’s not going away, now we must work with moderate Palestinians to bring them a State of their own.

What is happening in NYC can happen anywhere to any group of people and should always, always be investigated and prosecuted no matter wh

9:36AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

@ AbdulAziz A.

The lies were about the 'poor' palestinians, who the Red Cross showed to be living very well actually, despite the false claims of muslims like yourself, and also this nonsense about zionism which is also known to be a fabrication designed to harm jews.

More importantly, and what 'rattled my cage' is that this post is about jews, not muslims, but you have to come in spewing garbabe about zionism and palestinians. It just can't be that a story isn't about muslims being persecuted, right?

I understand that one of your paedophile prophet's pet peaves was the fact that those pesky jews saw right though him and refused to see him as a prophet. They knew he was just a crook, so he hated them and instructed the brainless wonders who followed him to do the same. I also understand that because of the mindset of the muslim, which is that you like to pretend that you are being persecuted, you cannot stand it when there is a story about another group being persecuted, particularly when it's a group that mulims like to persecute themselves, so you have to 'remind' us all about fictitious muslim 'suffering'.

Too many of us are unimpressed with your lies. If you have something to say about THIS story... THIS subject, by all means go ahead and comment. But leave your evil death cult and it's followers out of it please. They are irrlelevant to this article.

9:31AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

@ AbdulAziz A.

The lies were about the 'poor' palestinians, who the Red Cross showed to be living very well actually, despite the false claims of muslims like yourself, and also this nonsense about zionism which is also known to be a fabrication designed to harm jews.

More importantly, and what 'rattled my cage' is that this post is about jews, not muslims, but you have to come in spewing garbabe about zionism and palestinians. It just can't be that a story isn't about muslims being persecuted, right?

I understand that one of your paedophile prophet's pet peaves was the fact that those pesky jews saw right though him and refused to see him as a prophet. They knew he was just a crook, so he hated them and instructed the brainless wonders who followed him to do the same. I also understand that because of the mindset of the muslim, which is that you like to pretend that you are being persecuted, you cannot stand it when there is a story about another group being persecuted, particularly when it's a group that mulims like to persecute themselves, so you have to 'remind' us all about fictitious muslim 'suffering'.

Too many of us are unimpressed with your lies. If you have something to say about THIS story... THIS subject, by all means go ahead and comment. But leave your evil death cult and it's followers out of it please. They are irrlelevant to this article.

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