Boro Park Hate Crime Draws Swift Reaction from Authorities

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One of the locations that was “treated” to a swastika late last week in Boro Park.A series of swastikas painted on a variety of structures in Boro Park late last week prompted a swift reaction from the police and strong condemnation by government officials. Mostly centered around 16th Avenue, a security camera at Fishman’s Market caught two young perpetrators in the act of committing the hate crime.

The supermarket’s owner, Scheindel Fishman, disclosed that she reviewed her security tapes and saw two young people, who were wearing hoods, vigorously shaking cans of spray paint and spraying the outside of the store just after 2:40 AM.

Local elected officials were quick to speak out against the latest incident of anti-Semitism.

 “What kind of sick person does this in a neighborhood of Holocaust survivors?” asked Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn). “This is yet another example of the type of hate crimes that result from bigoted rhetoric. There will be no tolerance for hatred here and our community will address this from top to bottom. We’ll show that we’re serious about prosecuting criminals who would hurt us with their vile actions.”
Hikind added that such hate crimes highlight the need for greater security in the Orthodox Jewish enclave. “The Security Initiative that is being put in place,” he said, “will go a long way towards protecting Borough Park and Midwood residents.”

Speaking out passionately against the disturbing display of hate, City Councilman Brad Lander said, “This despicable act of anti-Semitism pains our community, but brings us together. At times like this, we must unite with communities across New York to keep our city a tolerant, welcoming home.”

Councilman David Greenfield announced that his office is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the vandalism. “Once again, we find ourselves under attack from individuals who think nothing of spreading hate and fear throughout the community,” Greenfield stated. “This is absolutely unacceptable. Rest assured, I will work with the NYPD until those responsible for this horrific crime are caught and held responsible. Our community will not be intimidated by these senseless acts of hate.”

Public advocate Bill de Blasio joined the chorus of condemnation as well. “Nothing but hatred can explain why someone would scrawl swastikas in a community of families and Holocaust survivors,” de Blasio said. “The perpetrators will face consequences for what they’ve done.”

“I join with millions of other New Yorkers in condemning such vulgar symbols of anti-Semitic hatred wherever they surface,” commented Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. “We must never forget that our city was built on the concept of diversity, and every time a crime like this takes place, we must speak out affirmatively in support of our proud heritage.”

Daniel Jasper, a 21-year-old Boro Park resident, was standing outside Fishman’s Market as community members attempted to come to grips with the upsetting incident. “It makes me wonder,” he said. “Is there somebody after us?”

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call the NYPD’s confidential tip line at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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