Anger, Outrage Remains In Midwood After Swastikas, Anti-Semitic Slurs Found Painted On Homes
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Anger and outrage continues to grip a Brooklyn community which once again was targeted for their faith.
CBS2’s John Slattery was in Midwood where vandals spray painted swastikas and other messages of hate on homes.
In addition to the hate-filled displays of spray paint, there was one disturbing message on a family’s phone.
“The message was basically, ‘All Jews are going to die, one by one or together. All Jews are going to hell.’ That message was repeated many times to these people,” said New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
The Jewish community is working to wipe away the remnants of hate but the faint reminder of the swastikas vandals painted on the buildings is still visible.
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” I was sick to my stomach,” resident Morris Beyda told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider. “You know, swastikas, and things that were around 70 years ago, there’s no reason to relive it here.”
The anti-Semitic slurs, including the words “Die Jews,” were scrawled on the homes over the weekend.
“I’m not saddened, I’m outraged,” Rabbi Daniel Fingerer said. “It’s an outrage. And it’s not just here, look at New Jersey.”
Last week, a firebomb was thrown at a temple in Rutherford, N.J. Luckily, no one was hurt.
Some leaders in the community believe education is the key to stop the hate.
They want people to learn what their faith is all about and to turn ignorance and hate into understanding.
“It’s just a reflection of the divide between the communities, and something has to be done to bridge the gap,” Eli Baraka said.
While may work on outreach, Assemblyman Hikind, who lives in Midwood, is imploring police to use every possible resource to catch the people responsible for the continuous attacks.
No arrests have been made in the latest incident, which police are investigating as a possible bias attack.