Tuesday, January 17, 2012

More Anti-Semitic Incidents In Brooklyn Have Communities on Edge

Today two separate incidents of anti Semitic graffiti was found in Brooklyn. In addition to graffiti found in Midwood, where there have been several other incidents, including a possible insurance scam that used anti Semitic slurs to cover up torching several vehicles, several swastikas were found in Floyd Bennett Field, which is part of Gateway National Recreation Area (and would make that particular incident a federal crime).

Separately, one man is under arrest after making threatening phone calls to several women in Brooklyn using anti Semitic slurs.
Police arrested David Haddad, 56, a Chelsea building manager for leaving threatening messages on the answering machines of older women in Chelsea and in South Brooklyn.

But it was unclear Monday night whether Haddad is tied to the half dozen swastikas and a “Die Jew” that appeared on two homes, an apartment building, and a school near the intersection of Avenue L and E. 5th Street.

“This first arrest is an empowering development,” said City Councilman David Greenfield (D- Midwood). But “it seems this is happening all over the city. All at the same time. It seems this individual is responsible for a section of it.”

Cops said Haddad - who knows some of his victims - is considered a suspect for the weekend swastika spree.

But Midwood victims said they never heard of Haddad.

“I don’t know the name,” said Steven Miltz, whose E. 5th Street white garage door had “Die Jew” and three swastikas spray painted on.
These incidents are on the heels of a spate of attacks in Northern New Jersey, including one attack that is classified as an attempted murder when a firebomb was thrown at a shul/home of a rabbi. New Jersey investigators have some leads on those attacks, but so far no arrests have been made.

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