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November 14th, 2011
03:42 PM ET

Officials, Jewish leaders march after anti-Semitic incident

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - Local officials and Jewish leaders took the streets in Midwood, Brooklyn, in New York on Sunday after cars were torched and anti-Semitic graffiti popped up in the neighborhood Friday.

The group marched along Ocean Parkway in the heavily populated Jewish neighborhood where three cars were set fire. Nearby was graffiti that said "KKK" and "SS" - shorthand for the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazi military group, CNN affiliate NY1 reported.

"I'm terribly hurt, I am terribly upset, I am terribly bothered," Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind told NY1.

During the march, Brooklyn state Sen. Eric Adams held up a white hood and told reporters, "This is a symbol the Klansmen represent. This is the symbol that is part of our dark history. That is not going to find a way in our future," NY1 reported.

"The police has to take notice, because it wasn't a long time ago that the world did not take notice of what was going on in Nazi Germany, and they allowed things to happen, discrimination against Jews," Brooklyn Assemblyman Joseph Lentol told NY1.

"And you know what happened to a religious community that was wiped out. This is the same kind of thing that is happening now," Lentol said.

New York City's Hate Crimes Task Force is "actively investigating the twisted person or people who attacked cars, benches, and a sidewalk on a block of Ocean Parkway early this morning," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement released Friday.

Hate crimes are defined as criminal acts committed against those who belong to certain social, religious, ethnic or other group.

"The fact that this most recent attack came on the heels of the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht may or may not be a coincidence," Bloomberg said. "Either way, this kind of hateful act has no place in the freest city in the freest country in the world."

The infamous Kristallnacht attack in Germany occurred when Nazi-supported mobs attacked Jewish people and destroyed their property on November 9 and 10, 1938.

CNN's Kendall Green contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Judaism • Violence

soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. TL

    Prejudice within groups and against groups causes immeasurable loss to humanity as a whole. The statistics will measure the death but never the suffering of the living and the passed. The children, men, and women deserve more than just a number.

    The very thing that separates us is what eventually will connect us. Every individual will be subject to one form of prejudice or another. How much loss will it take before we accept the diversity of each individual?

    November 16, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  2. Watchful

    "The Transfer Agreement."

    November 16, 2011 at 2:06 am |
  3. Nonimus

    @Chuckles,
    Perhaps I am mistaken, but my understanding is that, while there were special groups killing Jews, and others, in areas just after an area was invaded, beginning in 1939, the first extermination camp started operations in late 1941, Chelmno, I think. So the Allies were hardly "just watch[ing] while 6 million [Jews] were killed." France and Britain were already in the war, and the US was supplying them. Late '41, of course, the US joined the war as well. Obviously, there were many abuses and crimes committed before that time, as far back as the early 30's I think, but not "...while 6 million were killed."

    How much the Allies knew about the exterminations and what they did to stop it, other than fighting Germany in general, I suppose may be debated, but I hardly think that a description of, "just watched while 6 million were killed," fits the facts. For most of it they were fighting a war, how is that nothing?

    November 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Sorry, misposted.

      November 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  4. IntlPol101

    Just reported: Christian churches across rural NC have been vandalized. Windows busted, graves destroyed, ect. and the walls are spraypainted with, "God Is a Lie" and black swastikas.

    November 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • IntlPol101

      This article can be found on MSN.

      November 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Norman

      People who hate always look for the weak spot, the place were we keep our heart.

      November 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
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