Police investigate swastika on Clinton Hill Jewish Community Center

Hate attack: Police are investigating a swastika that somebody drew on the front door of a Clinton Hill Jewish community center on Grand Avenue on May 22.
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Police are investigating a swastika that some bigot drew on a Grand Avenue Jewish Community Center on May 22.

An employee found the anti-Semitic symbol on the front door of the community center between Greene and Gates avenues at 7 a.m. and investigators have notified the Police Department’s Hate Crime bureau, a spokesman told this paper.

Staff and parents were in shock when they discovered the hateful symbol outside the building, which functions as a child care center, preschool, after school, and summer camp facility, according to a statement by the organization which runs the premises.

“On Wednesday morning, at JCC Brooklyn at Clinton Hill, our preschool teachers and parents were shocked to discover a swastika outside their school,” The Kings Bay Y said in an emailed statement.

This was the first time the organization was the target of a hate attack, but it is part of an uptick in bigoted speech and actions against Jews and other communities, the statement continued.

“Kings Bay Y/JCC Brooklyn was the target today for the first time that anyone can remember,” the statement read. “In some respects, this may be considered an isolated incident, but it is part of a pattern of malicious speech and actions elsewhere in our community and across our country. We will continue to be vigilant about and mindful of any acts of ignorance or hatred.”

The event comes just weeks after a string of violent attacks against Orthodox Jews in Williamsburg.

A city bus driver allegedly tried to refuse service to an Orthodox Jewish man in the northern nabe in April, claiming he would infect her with the measles virus, amid an outbreak of the potentially fatal illness that recently spread among the borough’s Orthodox communities.

Hate crimes against various communities are soaring across the five boroughs, with 145 hate crimes reported between Jan. 1 and April 30, a 67 percent increase over the 87 reported hate crimes reported during the same period in 2018.

Of those, more than half targeted Jews in the first quarter of both 2018 and 2019, with 82 attacks against Jewish New Yorker’s this year alone.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 4:17 pm, May 22, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
“very fine people on both sides.” Thanks, drumpf, you're the gift that keeps on giving. Welcome to trumps America, folks.
May 22, 3:51 pm
Tal Barzilai from Plesantville, NY says:
As an Israeli-born Jew, this needs to be stopped right now!
May 22, 5:26 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
There you go again with that humble-brag, Tal. Give it a rest, Nobody cares!
May 22, 6:50 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
Very fortunately,unlike Europe,especially France;there is virtually no open anti-semitism,by Arabs/Muslims(technically mostly semites,too),in our nation. And especially,here in NYC. This is a place,in which,non-Orthodox Jews;regularly dine in Arabic restaurants-and the worst that might,is that they'll be corrected,that Chummus,is Hommus. How benign. We could even be strongly empathetic,towards the mercilessly slaughtered Syrians. They're humans being,too. Even,if they have been the Jews natural enemy,since Biblical times. G-d willing,may this peaceful relationship continue. Shalom/Salam!!
May 22, 7:44 pm
Bobby Ganoush from Kandahar says:
Henry Ford you sicko, so far all the anti-semitism has come from black and Brown people, like the ones that punched the Orthodox Jew and the one that vandalized the temple on Eastern Parkway. So basically, these are your people, the crime-loving, anthem-hating, open borders DemonRats
May 23, 4:39 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
FACT: A white guy calling himself Bobby Ganoush should shut his mouth about black and Brown people.
May 23, 6:38 am
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
Classic whataboutism from the antisemetic left. Every attack on Jewish people in this city has been committed by people on the democrat plantation, and yet the sheep bleat on about Trump.
May 23, 7:21 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fact: Antisemitism attacks have increased since trump took office.
May 23, 7:36 am
Jim from Brooklyn says:
Fact: Workfare is at its highest level since trump took office,
May 23, 1:05 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fact: Workfare a welfare system that requires those receiving benefits to perform some work or to participate in job training.
May 23, 1:12 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fact: job growth has increased under trump, AN UPWARD TREND STARTED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.
May 23, 1:12 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fact: Carbon dioxide emissions stopped falling, and have increased 1.4 percent under Trump.
May 23, 1:13 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fact: The trade deficit increased 20 percent under trump.
May 23, 1:13 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fact: Illegal border crossings have gone up under trump.
May 23, 1:14 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fact: The federal debt rose by $1.7 trillion; annual deficits accelerated under trump.
May 23, 1:14 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fact: After-tax corporate profits soared to the highest on record under trump. That benefits the corporations, not you.
May 23, 1:15 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fact: trump's pisspoor trade negotiations are screwing U.S. farmers.
May 23, 1:17 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fact: trump does not understand how tariffs work.
May 23, 1:18 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fact: Consumers end up paying for trump's tariffs.
May 23, 1:19 pm
Ben from Greenpoint says:
Fact: I feel your dem. pain all we say 6 more years, long live the king...
May 23, 1:53 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆You can't fix stupid⬆⬆⬆
May 23, 2:26 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Ben, What is that word salad you posted? Is that supposed to be a sentence, or a complete thought? I teach ESL in my free time, do you need help?
May 23, 2:27 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Unfortunately, anti-Semitism continues to go on even after such events as if nobody ever learned from what happened. Some of the anti-Israel statements are actually equated to anti-Semitism as Israel is the only country in the world with a Jewish majority. I did remember hearing about homes and other places owned by Jews that have been vandalized by anti-Israel fanatics, which shows that the two are pretty much one in the same. What I could never understand is that why is that whenever anyone tries to call out Islamic terrorists, they are labeled as being Islamophobic even though it's just against the terrorists themselves. Also, I have never seen anyone vandalizing places owned by Muslims in response to terrorist attacks done by Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, or anyone affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Also, I have never heard about anyone vandalizing places owned by Christians just for their stances on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage yet it's always the Jews that face so many hate crimes. One other thing, this a thing known as right wing anti-Semitism as well, so this isn't just limited to one side of the political spectrum especially since the KKK isn't a left wing group by any means and hates any minority living in the US.
May 23, 2:44 pm
Nat from Brooklyn says:
it happens to be I agree with Ben "six more years,
May 23, 3 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
How do you know someone is an uneducated bigot? They're wearing a maga hat.
May 23, 3:14 pm
Dave Shimblevits from Crown Heights says:
Everyone knows a jew drew that "swastika"... As usual....
May 23, 4:02 pm
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
900 comments spewing Trump derangement syndrome instead of all the useful things one could do with their time. Remember when this one swore President Trump would be indicted any day now?
May 23, 4:13 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fake Vision Zero from Zero Vision should spend more time at the gym, instead of being a sniveling coward.
May 23, 4:31 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Facts are hard for the inept trump supporters to process. Shame on trump for taking advantage of the weak and stupid.
May 23, 4:32 pm
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
Who is the fake here? You should spend more time listening to mental health professionals. Six more years until President Ivanka!
May 23, 4:33 pm
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
I agree with fake Vision Zero from Zero Vision, henryford needs to get a life. Although he did state some facts.
May 23, 4:35 pm
REAL Vision Zero® from Zero Vision® says:
LOL, President Ivanka.
May 23, 4:37 pm
REAL Vision Zero® from Zero Vision® says:
So I'm guessing you'll be another no show tomorrow, coward.
May 23, 4:37 pm
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
Nah, NYC is left to losers like you on three day summer weekends. Enjoy your meds at the facility!
May 23, 5:24 pm
REAL Vision Zero® from Zero Vision® says:
That's what I thought, coward. Have fun sitting in traffic, a$$wipe.
May 23, 5:27 pm
REAL Vision Zero® from Zero Vision® says:
Real NYer's know the best time to be in NYC is during holidays. That's when all the transplant carpetbaggers go back to Ohio to visit their parents.
May 23, 6:23 pm
K. from ArKady says:
In a measured response, Clinton Hill executed a series of airstrikes on Bay Ridge.
May 23, 9:16 pm
anon says:
I implore the editors of the Brooklyn Paper to ban comments. These dialogues no longer serve a useful purpose and are doing more harm than good.
May 24, 7:49 am
Latinx from The Barrio says:
Listen anon you fascist, you don’t ban things you don’t agree with. No one is forcing you to read the comments. What a buffoon you are! Who is being harmed?
May 24, 7:10 pm

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