Swastikas on New York Jewish Playgrounds
Jewish playgrounds are being vandalized. Numerous swastikas were found Friday in the Rego Park neighborhood in Queens. The school was closed for vacation, but the playground was open to the public. Swastikas were chalked onto the cement, while black marker was used in the playground at Brighton Park.
Rego Park School staff removed the chalk marks and called police. Two other swastikas were written in black marker pen under the slide on a playground at Brighton Park in Brooklyn.
The NYPD Hate Crimes unit is investigating both incidents. They have not released any suspect information. The fact that one of the drawing had the German word “heil” misspelled is interesting.
The areas where the attacks have been taking place is a mixture of Jews and immigrants from the Caribbean. The neighborhoods have been working hard to build relationships between the two groups.
Swastikas and Nazi symbols, as well as the term “Heil Hitler” (sic) were discovered drawn all over an elementary school playground in Queens today. @CMKoslowitz & @tobystavisky were at the scene, and it has since been cleaned. @NYPDHateCrimes is investigating this incident. pic.twitter.com/4Mrh63bSbN— NYC Jewish Caucus (@NYCJewishCaucus) February 22, 2019
The number of attacks on Jews has risen sharply in New York City. As of February 17, there have been 36 Anti-Semitic hate crimes reported to the NYPD so far this year. Last year at this time there were 21, according to the JTA. More hate crimes have occurred against Jews than any other group in the city.
The Coalition Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism reported at the end of January:
In the last four months, at least 15 Jews have been attacked in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, NY. Detective Vincent Martinos of the 71st Precinct told The Jewish Press that the police are doing all they can to protect local Jewish residents, including placing 10-15 more policemen on the street every day, but attacks keep on occurring.
Martinos said that making it more difficult to stem the crime wave is the lack of any pattern in when and where attacks occur.
Just within the last three days these two instances of anti-semitic vandalism have upset the communities. But the mainstream media literally plunged into standing with the ‘poor black gay person attacked’ – when he wasn’t attacked and staged the crime. The real hate crimes, where people are beaten or shoved, are the ones that don’t just leave chalk marks on the playground. They leave marks on the heart.
“In January alone, several Orthodox Jews were punched, seemingly unprovoked, in broad daylight on Kingston Avenue, the main Jewish thoroughfare in Crown Heights. In late January, a 22-year-old Yeshiva student was beaten on the street while calling his parents on the phone in Australia. A few hours later, a 51-year-old man was beaten so badly by the same assailants that he was hospitalized.” NYT