By: Mario Mancini
Anti-Semitism is on the rise and The New York Post has an exclusive report of a recent event in Manhattan, “an Upper East Side woman was shocked when she discovered the cash she withdrew from a local Chase ATM was stamped with a swastika and other Nazi symbols. Robyn Roth-Moise, a lifelong New Yorker and great-granddaughter of the legendary architect Emery Roth, told The Post she withdrew $400 at the Chase branch at 86th Street and York Avenue early Saturday to later be distributed as gifts when she made the disturbing discovery”.
Roth-Moise told The New York Post, “I didn’t notice until I got home, and I see the swastika,” she said of a $100 bill stamped with the Nazi symbol in a deep blue pigment. “I must have stared at it for a few minutes. And thought, ‘I cannot be seeing what I’m seeing.’ It was very surreal”. The New York Post also reported the Roth Moise says she “also noticed another $100 bill marked with what resembled a Nazi eagle. Roth-Moise noted that the offensive markings were “prominent, in dark blue — it was very much meant to be seen.”.
In late December, Channel 4 New York, an NBC affiliate had an exclusive report of “an alleged antisemitic attack in Brooklyn has sparked an investigation by the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force after a Jewish man said he was beaten while wearing clothing with an Israeli logo on it. Police were called around 10:45 a.m. on Sunday (12/28/2021) for an assault near the corner of Fifth Avenue and 86th Street in Bay Ridge.
The 21-year-old victim, Blake Zavadsky, said that he and another man got into a verbal dispute while he was waiting for a store to open, and the man shouted Jewish slurs at him soon after. “I didn’t take it off. Because I’m proud of who I am. I’m not going to take a sweatshirt off of what I believe I’m proud of just because someone tells me to do something. And then afterwards, he called us my friend and I dirty Jews,” Zavadsky told NBC New York. “I will saw that any person, any kind of person, do not be scared of who you are. You should be proud of who you are and be able to represent any time,” Zavadsky said. “I’m proud to be Jewish. I would definitely wear this sweatshirt, again and again.”
Times are difficult now with COVID-19 and the Omicron variant running rampant in the city and seeing the frequency of anti-Semitic crimes increasing is especially horrifying. Anyone with any information n the crimes is encouraged to contact The Anti-Defamation League. A reward has been offered for the apprehension of the perpetrator(s).