Three cars were set on fire and anti-Semitic and racist graffiti was spray painted in Brooklyn early Friday morning, the day after the anniversary of Hitler’s systematic attack on Jews known as Kristallnacht.
Residents in the largely Jewish New York neighborhood of Midwood awoke to find cars torched, eight benches defaced with swastikas and the words “f**k the Jews” and “SS” painted on nearby sidewalks, the New York Daily News reported. A van also had the letters “KKK” written on it as well.
“When you drive down the block, it looks like a war zone,” one resident told the Brooklyn Daily.
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating, according to the Daily News, and City Councilman David Greenfield has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
“We will not accept anti-Semitism in our community,” Greenfield said. “There is zero tolerance for such acts of hatred and ignorance.”
Hillel Stein, 27, told the New York Post that the vandalism was eerily reminiscent of Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass” when Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues were raided, ransacked and torched in Nov. 1938.
“This is Kristallnacht all over again. People are expressing their hatred of the Jews,” Stein said.
This is just the latest anti-Semitic vandalism incident in New York. Last week, swastikas were discovered painted on two libraries and a synagogue in Queens.