Police Investigate Anti-Semitic Arson, Vandalism In Midwood; Neighbor Captures Spree On Video

Residents Used To Swastikas, But Burning Cars Is Hate At An All New Level

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was shock and outrage in Brooklyn on Friday after several cars were torched and numerous examples of anti-Semitic vandalism took place in Midwood.

The incident was discovered at around 5 a.m., when residents said they awoke to see cars burning.

At least four cars were set ablaze and dozens of pieces of anti-Semitic graffiti were plastered along benches. The cars were damaged and the benches vandalized along Ocean Parkway between Avenues I and J. Among the vandalism: “KKK” scrawled nearby, as well as numerous swastikas.

Exclusive video, obtained by CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis on Friday night, shows the arson spree. Neighbor Solomon Israel took the video and said a closer look shows a clear sign of arson.

“On the middle car that was burning, I saw a red empty can of gas, which obviously made it very obvious that it was a fire lit on purpose,” Israel said.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

“People are nervous, people are concerned,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind said. “The police are putting extra manpower into the community at synagogues and all over.”

“Not a way to wake up on Friday morning going into the Sabbath, definitely not,” said Midwood resident  Sherry Tawil.

The incident occurred on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, when Hitler’s Nazis launched a pogrom against Jews in Germany and Austria.

kkk Police Investigate Anti Semitic Arson, Vandalism In Midwood; Neighbor Captures Spree On Video

'KKK' is scrawled on a car in Midwood on Nov. 11, 2011. (credit: CBS 2)

“I’m used to swastikas, but three cars destroyed is a whole new dimension,” said Hikind. “Three cars completely destroyed as if someone had dropped the bomb on them is just a real tragedy.”

“All of a sudden I heard explosion from the metal, I guess from the popping.  I look out window.  It was like my house was on fire,” victim Arlette Tebele told CBS 2’s John Slattery.

“The burning of cars and vandalism of benches in Midwood this morning represents a truly hateful act of prejudice,” said Public Advocate Bill De Blasio in a statement. “That it took place on the anniversary of Kristallnacht leaves no doubt that this attack is a hate crime in every sense, and I applaud the NYPD for investigating it as such.”

Area lawmakers, including Brooklyn State Sen. Martin Golden, joined police in offering $2,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest, reports CBS 2’s Dennis.

“So this was intentional. They knew the community they were in, and they knew what they were doing. And there’s a price to pay for that. This is a hate crime and there’s a lot of damage, property damage,” Golden said.

“We will not accept anti-Semitism in our community. There is zero tolerance for such acts of hatred and ignorance,” City Councilman David Greenfield said in a statement. “I’m confident that these hateful people will be caught and punished to the full extent of the law.”

“This is the most shocking thing we ever saw, never seen before,” said resident Vickie Ayal.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued the following statement Friday afternoon:

“New York City is home to more than 8 million of the most open and tolerant people in the world. But even here, there are occasional incidents involving actions that are hateful or vicious or both. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is actively investigating the twisted person or people who attacked cars, benches, and a sidewalk on a block of Ocean Parkway early this morning. The Hate Crimes Task Force, like so many other teams at our Police Department, is the world’s best, as today’s arrest for swastikas painted in Queens during October and early November shows. In fact, hate crimes are down nearly 30 percent citywide so far this year and are down roughly 33 percent in Brooklyn’s 66th Precinct.

The fact that this most recent attack came on the heels of the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht may or may not be a coincidence. Either way, this kind of hateful act has no place in the freest city in the freest country in the world.”

Just a week ago, two libraries and a synagogue in Queens were vandalized with swastikas.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls are kept confidential. You can also log on to the Crime Stoppers website, or text your tip to CRIMES and then enter TIP577.

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  1. Nikki says:

    I don’t know how people can just do this and think they’d get away with it. AT the end they’d get caught by running at the mouth to outsiders not involved and it will get back to the police. OR traces of DNA will be found and lead back to them.
    As for the new Mayor of NYC for not doing the job that needs to be done to prevent this from happening again. The other Mayor that left office was he even any better?

  2. Harold the hatter says:

    So it`s started. The rhetoric of some of the comments makes one think of 1933. The USA is going the way of Europe. A soon as economic troubles start blame the Jews The Usa will,if they are not careful be a land flowing with Sharia law and Nazisim.

  3. Hitler didn’t commit suicide says:

    “British journalist Gerrard Williams says he’s found evidence that Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun didn’t die in their Berlin bunker as generally believed, but escaped to Argentina where he died in 1962.”

    “Captain Baumgart is the German pilot that is said to have flown Hitler out of Germany.”

    Source: digitaljournal

  4. zena says:

    If your family works in Brooklyn Social Services and suspects anything they would investigate it. If they don’t, maybe what you say is merely speculation. Not all Jews are rich, contrary to the myth. A few are, as are non Jews.
    If there are loopholes in the systems of social services, they apply to all who receive it, not only the Jews. Patch up the system so there will not be abuse across the board. If your family sees it, why don’t they report it? Because they might reduce the workers if less avail themselves?
    Shame on you for pointing out without any proof what you think is happening yet ignoring that there may be abuse by other groups.
    Don’t blame Jewish poor people who really need help and rich Jewish people for not needing it. There are many middle class Jews who work like a dog, are not eligible for Medicaid yet can’t afford to but health insurance, and who never took a dime from any government agency. They are the ones who are struggling and paying the taxes to give your family that cushy job.

    1. Entitlements says:

      Oh really? Read on…
      “Some of you seem to miss the point. He was a prison chaplain on the government payroll. He made very good money. He was probably not entitled to ANY housing subsidy.”

      “Rabbi Glanz did have a job as the prison ‘chaplain’, and was making about $100,000/year doing that, as I recall, when the story about the bar mitzvah scandal came out. He was also on the payroll of other NYC government agencies as some sort of chaplain or other patronage pseudojobs.”

  5. Ellen says:

    People should stand up to this kind of hate and demand a through investigation on who did this. As a society we should never permit this and remember that many people in Germany way back in the 1930’s ignored or excused hateful rhetoric coming from the Nazis’. Millions died in concentration camps, and millions more fighting Adolph Hither and the Third Reich, so let’s not become the people that our fathers and grandfathers fought in World War 11, and stand up for what is right and just.

  6. Moon Them says:

    The Russians are asking for $1 Million per pound, to haul freight on the Energia Spaceship. Who the hell can afford this? Why aren’t the Russians retrofitting their manufacturing plants to churn out low cost versions of the RSC Energia spaceships?

    The Russian Energia Spaceship has a phenomenal gross lift-off of 5,300,000 lbs, and a payload lift capability of 194,000 lbs. And, it can go BEYOND LEO (low earth orbit)–to the Moon and Mars.

    The Russians are taking the Americans for a ride by charging us $64 Million PER Astronaut, to the International Space Station. What a joke, for that kind of money, the Russians should TERRAFORM the Moon and Mars, not ferry back and forth to the ISS.

    1. Gene says:

      Hey,
      They are playing capitalism – charge what market would carry. We are playing with risk, investments, hedging and other games enriching few. A nation – a power engine of the world, we became beggars, living on debt to the entire world, like paupers not able to afford new shoes because of constant spending little money we have on fixing felling apart old shoes.

  7. Bullett says:

    Sounds like an internal rift amoungst neighbors. Just terrible.

  8. gtgog61 says:

    Why is the anti-Semitism bigger news than OWS anti-semitism?

  9. Isaac says:

    Hi Jacka33 ash can,

    I would love to know what the hell youre talking about. I think you should be on vnn or stormfront….not on a normal person website you paranoid freak. by the way…look outside your window…..

  10. Pyatt says:

    Heard that one before. A little vile for my taste. And I am the last person to support Jews or their ideology. Do like the canoe joke.

  11. Altruistic says:

    I think most of the people who have “contributed” to this site are a bunch of uneducated pieces of you know what. How dare you make light of such a situation. How would you feel if your entire heritage was wiped out…. if people hated you just because you were born a particular religion. Every person, every individual is different. Even Jews differ from one person to another. Do not make judgement on people based upon what your ignorant parents taught you. This is America, and we are all equal. The only people who are not equal are the ignorant ones. And you have certainly let us all know who you are.

    1. Joe Schmo says:

      People don’t hate just to hate (especially adults). Usually there is a reason behind it. Not saying what happened on Ocean Pkwy is justified, but it should make some people (including targeted Jews) go “hmmm”.

      1. zena says:

        The cars did not say “Jewish” on them. It could be anyone’s car. The insurance companies will have to pay. This is narcissistic behavior directed at everyone, with the usual scapegoat as the target.
        We have become so cold about the magnitude of the Holocaust that we have blocked out the enormity of the event. Some refuse to even admit it took place.
        Think about 911 where 3000 were murdered for no reaon in one day. 6 million Jews were murderd so that is 3000 a day for 5 years. We value life and in US we will do everything to save just one.
        Stop the hate it can only hurt the one who feels it as much as its target.

    2. Howard Stern says:

      Another spelling error . . . obviously you meant to type Gay Boy. And, listen, mariposa, next time you get sick taking it up the third input like you like, try going to a nice Arab doctor, okay? Have a nice day!…

      1. Just let them rob you and be quiet says:

        Apriest and a rabbai are sitting on a curb accross from a grade school.

        The class es are at the end of the day, and the kids are let out.
        As they cross the street, the priest says to the rabbai, “I would sure like to screw one of these kids, how about you rabbai?”,.
        The rabbai says, ” O K, outta what?”

      2. Howard Stern is Goliath says:

        Howard Stern is about 6’5″ tall. He gets paid Millions to mouth off and make an azz of himself. He is a real life Goliath. I can’t wait for David to come and knock him out. How has he contributed to this country’s progress? We should garnish his millions and make him payback every cent.

  12. GOD HELP US ALL IF THESE SQUATTERS DO NOT GO says:

    THE MAYOR OF THIS CITY IS TO BLAME FOR ALL OF THIS. HE HAS NO BALLS TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS ISSUE. HE IS ONLY INTERESTED IN HIS RADIO SHOW AND HEARING HIMSELF TALK. HE KNOWS HE IS NOT GOING TO BE RE ELECTED AGAIN, SO HE JUST DOES NOT CARE, WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CITIZENS IN THIS CITY. LET THESE PEOPLE POO AND PEE AND EAT FOR FREE AND BRAKE EVERY LAW THAT THERE IS. THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL A REAL COWARD. STAND UP AND DO SOMETHING AND GET RID OF THESE SQUATTERS, WHO HAVE BROKEN THE LAW IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. OR DO YOU ONLY CARE ABOUT MAKING MORE BIKE LANE??? ELECTING HIM FOR A THIRD TERM WAS A BIG MISTAKE, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE THIS COWARD HAS A LOT OF PULL AND GOT HIS WAY TO CHANGE TO LAW, WHICH WE THE PEOPLE OF THIS CITY VOTE FOR ONLY TWO TERM. HE IS A REAL LOSER AND CAN NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER, SO HIS NAME WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE SQUATTING MAYOR………….

  13. TuraluraG says:

    See what taking religion out of schools did for US ?

    The ignorance is overwhelming as people buy propaganda on the Internet.

    I’d rather have a hundred Jewish people in my neighborhood that 1 lemming with a public education.

    1. Karen J says:

      Lemming think is that jews are the most innocent victims in the history of the world and can do no wrong. Common sense would say a people who are hated by numerous peoples in numerous different times need to take a look at their behavior and actions.

      1. Zena says:

        I am sure you or other haters will always find some reason.
        It is called baseless hatred for being born a shade of color, or a religion, or a nationality not yours. Intolerance is another word.
        We all occupy the planet and need to get along.

      2. Curious says:

        @ Karen – so the catholics are evil and should be killed (because millions of protestants hated them over the years), and protestants are evil and should be killed (because millions of catholics hated them over the years)? feel free to apply to your own religion/belief system/color/race/etc, because every group of people in existence was hated by some other group at one point or another.

  14. Boziah says:

    Bunch of low-life WASP pieces of garbage, probably a bunch of backwoods young inbreed white Republicans who probably have very little if any education factory jobs. Don’t hate on our wealth and prosperity!

    1. Parasites says:

      Go back to Russia, have you Jews forgotten that Russia is 3x the size of the U.S? There’s tons of Billionaires and Millionaires in Russia now, so why are you all here milking the Americans? You took ALL of the Section 8 Housing vouchers so that we Americans don’t have any at all.

      1. Shlomo Geltschlepper says:

        They won’t stop until they turn America into another west bank or Gaza strip. that’s what they do, that’s all they do. If you show them the error of their ways, you become an anti semite, and then they denounce you like they did to Jesus.

        1. Curious says:

          who of course was born to Jewish parents, and was a Jew

    2. Karen J says:

      This low life WASP pieces of republican garbage worship you people and your racist nationalist country. Their favorite takling heads, Hannity, Beck, etc. instruct them to. They are pahetic too since your view of these people is typical of jews in general. No, I think we will be finding this was done by some variety of third world non white types that you people promote.

  15. Mark says:

    People of God? That is something that Juduaism came up on it’s own. And Christians and Catholics and Muslims are second class?

    That is precisely why the Jews are being hated, because they promote themselves as being “chosen”

    1. Ross says:

      So, we’re hated because “chosen” and we’re hated because we try to assimilate. We’re hated because we’re capitalists that run the banks and we’re hated because we’re marxist/communist/socialist. BTW, muslims AND christians all consider themselves to be “chosen” as well. The best is that all of these attacks happen at night. You’re all too cowardly to come at us in the daylight. It’s not 1933 anymore and we know what can happen, so we will not go quietly into that good night. Give it your best shot you anti semites!

      1. Sonny says:

        Nobody (at least this house) doesn’t hate Jews – however we have found that over the past 10 or 20 years that that have become more arrogant and remain outside of the mainstream – the worst is failure to honor a lot of American Holidays (Veteran’s Day today is a great example). 1933 should never be repeated, but it’s time that the “chosen people” choose to be Americans first.

        1. Isaac says:

          You know what I find amusing? The fact that people like this a-hole and the rest of you bigoted pieces of garbage probably walk around talking to 50 jews a day and would never have the balls to do or say something to our faces. Are you upset because my cousin owns your building? Or because you were raised on food stamps and your parents collected welfare (like you probably still do) while my family came here with NOTHING and lives well now? Are you jealous of my brains? My hot wife? The bulge in my crotch? Which one is it Auschwitz? All of the above? Its bit3hes like you that are driving this country down, not people like me who are constantly building it up. The truth hurts…

          1. Holes in Sheets says:

            No, I just wanna know if you really cut holes in sheets when you want to screw your wife while she’s on the monthly rag? Kinky.

        2. isaac says:

          Sonny,

          I think you are very misinformed. I am a proud jew whose father and uncle are both veterans. My family and many others that I know are nothing if they are not patriots and proud to be an american to the bone. Any leader this country has ever had has been a religious man for the most part. Would you ever accuse them of being less than patriotic because they went to church?

      2. C0ck sucking Jewess says:

        You need to Super Glue your foreskin together and stop having Anchor Babies in the U.S. Go back to Russia to have your babies, it’s 3x the size of the U.S.

    2. Isaac says:

      Mark you blithering idiot. IF you read the “new” testament, the language is the same. Jews were called the chosen people, even in your King James Bible. Learn a bit about what you speak of before you go displaying your idiocy to the world. Your mother would like you more if you did.

    3. Curious says:

      as opposed to every other religion in the world? (“yeah, you don’t believe in our God so you’re going to burn in hell for all eternity!”)

  16. AJ says:

    Or the car is repossessed cause you lost all your money in a ponzi scheme…LOL

  17. Funzi Tieri says:

    Bottom line is , people are jealous of wealth and prosperity..Not that all jews are wealthy but that happens to be an upscale neighborhood.

    Jews can definetly be pushy and a pain in the ass at the deli counter, but they are good hardwooking people that contribute alot to the world..

    1. Hardly Working says:

      Hardworking? You mean hardly working. Probably because Jews equate work with “slavery”. They are so hung up on the slavery issue, that’s why you’ll never catch a Jew drinking beer or working out. Supermen they are not, nor do they want to be. They just immerse themselves in books, to appear as though they are intellectuals, when really they are just trying to avoid physical labor. Reading is not thinking, nor is it doing. Anheuser-Busch would never have taken off if everyone had this mindset.

      1. The Green Monster says:

        You obviously know a LOT of Jews (eye roll.)

      2. Curious says:

        Yes, because “Reading is Bad”! This message brought to you by the McDonalds Employment Agency.

  18. Glen Dare says:

    It’s very likely that there is surveillance video of the incident which will quickly give a clue as to who is responsible.

  19. kid stuff says:

    Probably unemployed kids

  20. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  21. Rob Maeurer says:

    I agree w/ Alan. He should use the power he has for all New Yorkers.

  22. val says:

    Why can’t your writers use proper grammar? Nazis shouldn’t have an apostraphe in it!

    By the way, the incident is deplorable!

    1. Huh says:

      Um…apostrophe is spelled with an “o” not an “a”

  23. Alan Frankel says:

    Where is Sharpton now? Stand up for what’s right Al! Show us you really want justice and equality. Remember, Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. This isn’t only bigotry, it’s terrorism, reckless endangerment, arson, etc.,.. Burning cars on Ocean Parkway? Insanity

  24. Alan Frankel says:

    I blame it on their (lack of ) education, and too much tolerance. And people say it’s an isolated instance? B.S.!

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