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Vandals tagged a Remsen Street brownstone with anti-Semitic graffiti last week, less than one month after a Brooklyn Heights man was indicted for covering houses and cars on the same street with swastikas last fall.

Martha Spector called police to her 22 Remsen St. brownstone on Feb. 29 after a neighbor noticed the swastika on the building.

“It’s upsetting,” said Leonard Spector, who thinks his home was targeted randomly.

Police are treating the current incident as a hate crime — just as they did last September, when 19 swastikas and dozens of flyers bearing anti-Semitic messages turned up on the street, including swastikas at Congregation B’nai Avraham and the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue.

In January, police arrested Ivaylo Ivanov, 37, in his bomb-filled Remsen Street apartment. He’s awaiting trial.

Cops did not release information linking last week’s incident to those in the fall. As such, neighbors had little news to go on.

“I was astonished, because I thought the guy had been arrested,” said Louanna Carlin.

Rabbi Aaron Raskin of Congregation B’nai Avraham said residents must remain united: “The swastika reminds us that there is an evil in the world, and to combat that evil we have to light a candle.”

Updated 5:05 pm, July 9, 2018
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