Sunday, March 2, 2008

Brooklyn Heights Violated By Another Swastika

Why has Brooklyn Heights become a focal point of antisemitism? After Remsen Street resident and alleged aspiring terrorist Ivaylo Ivanov confessed to drawing swastikas in the neighborhood, it appeared that Brooklyn Heights residents could be consoled that the spate of recent antisemitic graffiti they have had to endure could at least all be attributed to a single source.

But last week yet another swastika smeared Remsen Street, this time at number 22. According to the Gothamist, the owners of the multi-unit brick apartment building are Jewish, but none of the tenants are and there is no outward sign of why 22 Remsen should have been targeted in particular by the perpetrator(s) of this hate crime.

At this point, Brooklyn Heights residents are right to be concerned. These swastikas can no longer be written off as an ignorant prank. Most frightening of all is the possibility that Ivanov could have sympathizers in the neighborhood or, even worse, inspired a copycat.

If you have any information about who may have painted this most recent swastika or any other one in Brooklyn Heights, please call the 84th Precinct immediately at (718) 875-6811 and share your tip with an officer.

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