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The Philadelphia Jewish Voice
September 2005 > Community > Bias

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Anti-Semitic vandals kept busy in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan in recent weeks.

Starting with Independence Day, a Jewish symbol and anti-Semitic words were found spray painted on the side of a commercial building at 2 a.m. at 71st Road and Queens Boulevard in the Forest Hills section of Queens (police report, New York Post).

Buildings in both Brooklyn and Manhattan were vandalized on Thursday, July 7. In Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton section, banners which read "tenants…go to hell and you're Jew puppets with you…tenants drop dead" were spotted hanging from a first-floor fire escape at 278 91st St. at 9:30 a.m. (Post).

Graffiti in which the word Israel with a "no" symbol drawn over it in black marker was discovered on a stairwell wall on the fifth floor of an office building at 450 W. 33rd St. in Manhattan's Chelsea section at noon. Two weeks before, a piece of paper was found on the floor of the same stairwell bearing a bizarre cartoon that depicted Uncle Sam wearing glasses with Star of David, and being ridden like a horse by a caricature of a Jewish man.

Several anti-Semitic statements were found scrawled in red marker on an elevator inside 225 Division Ave. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn at 7:35 a.m. Friday, July 8 (Post).

A swastika was discovered spray-painted on the back door of a Howard Beach, Queens, building on 84th Street at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 16 (Post).