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Neighbors Outraged After Vandal Scratches Swastikas Into Parked Car On L.I.

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Swastika scratched into car (credit: CBS 2/FILE PHOTO)

Swastika scratched into car (credit: CBS 2/FILE PHOTO)

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GREAT NECK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Nassau County Police are investigating swastikas on a 1998 Mercedes Benz parked at the Babylonian Jewish Center in Great Neck.

“This is not just an act of hatred. It’s an act of violence against Jews,” said Mayor Dan Levy of the Village of Saddle Rock. “It’s a symbol of many years of torture, killing, of eradication of human race and it goes beyond the violation of the car.”

Police say they believe the two swastikas were scratched into the car sometime between 4:30 p.m. Friday and 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

“It’s horrible. It’s horrible,” said Gloria Guerra. “Whoever did it should be disciplined.”

According to detectives, a 39-year-old male victim left the car parked last night before attending services and his 16-year-old son made the discovery. Rabbi Nir Shalom says the owner is unnerved, as is his congregation.

“He’s very religious and it hurts him,” he said. “Sometimes people, they harm other people and they don’t know who they are. They think they are an enemy.”

“We remain strong and that our community can grow as a result of this and become even stronger,” said Nathan Yadgar.

Detectives are urging anyone with any information on this to call police.

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