It seems we have not yet seen the end of the recent spate of anti-Semitic vandalism and crime in Southern Brooklyn. The latest incident was uncovered yesterday morning, when a Jewish family found the words “G-d don’t like Jews” painted on their car’s windshield. Police from the 63rd Precinct responded and are investigating the vandalism.
The graffiti comes on the heels of two other local anti-Semitic acts of vandalism. On November 11, three cars were found burned, and two others damaged in the heavily-Jewish Midwood neighborhood. The vandals had spray-painted swastikas and “KKK” nearby. Less than a week later, someone spray-painted the Avenue J Brighton Line station sign, adding “EW” to make it read “Avenue Jew.”
Below is a joint statement from local politicians and civic organizations serving Marine Park:
Last night another heinous act of bigotry was perpetrated in southern Brooklyn when anti-Semitic graffiti was painted onto the windshield of a car owned by a Jewish family on Coleman Street in our Marine Park community. We are joining together today to immediately and indignantly condemn this act of hatred and vandalism.
Marine Park is a neighborhood where people of all faiths have lived side by side amicably and peacefully. We will not stand for acts of hate, acts of anti-Semitism, acts of bigotry of any kind—or for that matter, any act of vandalism—in our community. We call upon anyone who has any information about the perpetrator or perpetrators of this act to come forward and contact the 63rd police precinct or any one of us immediately.
Our neighborhood will never allow itself to be characterized by the act of a single hateful act. We are a community and we will continue to stand together as a community where we can all live in peace and harmony.
Councilman Lew Fidler
Congressman Bob Turner
Assemblyman Alan Maisel
State Senator Marty Golden
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein
Marine Park Civic Association
Jewish Community Council of Marine Park
Note: Police were called to Coleman Street in Marine Park this morning when a Jewish family found the words “G-d don’t like Jews” painted on their windshield.
Follows are individual statements:
Jewish Community Council of Marine Park (Shea Rubenstein, Executive Vice President):
“The JCC of Marine Park which represents over 1,500 members and 13 synagogues in the Marine Park community has always peacefully co-existed with our neighbors and friends. We work well with the civic associations and have participated in many events with all of our neighbors, regardless of race or religion. We condemn this horrible act of racism but act but are certain that this was perpetrated by an individual and is not indicative of the general sentiment of our neighborhood or the Marine Park community.”
Marine Park Civic Association (Greg A. Borruso, President):
“The Marine Park Civic Association is very troubled to hear that the recent spate of anti-Semitic graffiti in Brooklyn has now made its way to Marine Park. We are a diverse organization representing people of all faiths. Such acts of anti-Semitism cannot and will not be tolerated. Those responsible for such reprehensible acts will be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, 41st Assembly District:
“I join the community and my colleagues in government in condemning the latest in a string of hateful bias attacks and vandalism to affect greater Brooklyn. The increase of these acts is extremely disturbing and I call on the NYPD to bring the cowards responsible for these demonstrations of hate to justice.”
State Senator Marty Golden, 22nd Senate District:
“Any display of bigotry and hatred cannot and will not be tolerated. I am appalled by this recent display of anti-Semitism and call on the NYPD to treat this incident as a hate crime.”
Assemblyman Alan Maisel, 59th Assembly District:
“It is deeply troubling that these incidents of intolerance and bigotry continue to plague our local communities and our society in general. We must do everything possible to hold those responsible accountable and to prevent future incidents of anti-Semitism like those that we have seen over the last several weeks.”
Congressman Bob Turner, 9th Congressional District:
“The 9th district has always been a diverse community based on tolerance and understanding. We cannot allow the perpetrators of these acts of hate to become a divisive force. By standing together as a community, while working with local law enforcement, we can send the message that we will not condone these types of hateful acts and will not allow them to continue.”
Councilman Lew Fidler, 46th Council District:
“In the face of bigotry, whether big or small, silence is never an option. We have a deep sense of community here and we will never stand by in silence when any one of us is attacked for who they are. I want to thank the police for their swift attention and hope that the perpetrators will be brought to swift and certain justice.”