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Anti-Semitic messages found in Brooklyn are latest in NYC


swastikas Credit: Office of Assemblyman Hikind

Hate grew in Brooklyn over the weekend in the form of spray-painted swastikas -- the latest in a growing list of anti-Semitic incidents that has city officials fearing an outbreak of intolerance.

"It's really created everywhere I go this deep concern," Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park) told amNewYork Sunday. "I would urge people not to feel unsafe. Are you asking me are people afraid? Yes. And they shouldn't [have to] be."

Hikind said he was awoken after 12:30 a.m. Sunday by neighbors who found swastikas painted on a driveway on Avenue L, along with the message, "Die Jews," and more swastikas on an apartment building door on East 5th Street.

Two swastikas were also discovered Sunday on the Yeshiva of Brooklyn building on Ocean Parkway, the NYPD said.

Other officials denounced the anti-Semitic scrawlings, which follows nearly a dozen other complaints in Brooklyn and Manhattan in the past three months. Last week, police reported swastikas drawn on midtown storefronts.

"There is no room for ignorance in our city," said Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

City Councilman David Greenfield said the latest incident is "clearly aimed at terrorizing not only America's largest Jewish community, but also the nation's largest community of Holocaust survivors."

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