November 14th, 2011
03:42 PM ET
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.
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