"The NYPD is investigating a shocking hate crime in Flatbush on Friday morning. The scene is on Ocean Parkway between Avenue I and Avenue J. Although details are still sketchy, the incident happened sometime around 5:00AM. A total of three cars were torched, and dozens of swastikas were painted on the benches on Ocean Parkway, and on the cars themselves. Other hate slurs were also visible – including “kill the Jews”, and “KKK”.(H/T Elder of Ziyon on Twitter)
Dozens of detectives are on the scene – including detectives from the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Unit.
This is a hate crime unlikes which NYC has witnessed in years, as most hate crimes involve a swastika or two.
UPDATE 10:00AM – STATEMENT FROM NYC COUNCILMAN DAVID GREENFIELD:
Brooklyn – Councilman David Greenfield offered a $1000 reward this morning for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shocking incident of anti-Semitic arson on Ocean Parkway this morning.
Residents of Ocean Parkway between Avenues I and J woke up this morning to discover that three cars were burned by arsonists. A fourth car had fire damage, and a fifth was scrawled in hateful graffiti. Nearby, there was more vandalism depicting swastikas and the letters “KKK.” The 66th NYPD Police Precinct is investigating along with the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force. Councilman Greenfield spoke with Inspector John Sprague earlier this morning, who assured the Councilman that every resource was being utilized to catch those responsible for this anti-Semitic attack.
“We will not accept anti-Semitism in our community. There is zero tolerance for such acts of hatred and ignorance,” said Councilman Greenfield. “I’m confident that these hateful people will be caught and punished to the full extent of the law.” Councilman Greenfield is encouraging residents with information that could lead to an arrest to call the NYPD tips line at 1 (800) 577-TIPS."
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The Huffington Post, always quick on the draw to cover stories about Muslims suffering discrimination in America, somehow missed this story of the biggest anti-Semitic attack in years in New York City.