Palestinian Mosque Torched, Allegedly by Jews

10/03/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Palestinian mosque in a Hebron-area village was vandalized and set on fire, allegedly by Jews.

In addition to graffiti spray-painted on the building, several volumes of the Koran and prayer rugs were burned in the fire set late Sunday night.

“The IDF and security officials are working in order to find those responsible, and we view this as a grave and serious incident,” head of the Israeli Civil Administration, Brig. Gen. Yoel Mordechai, said Monday.

Drive-By Swastikas In Brooklyn

06/16/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Police in Brooklyn are looking for vandals who painted swastikas on numerous cars in the Midwood area early Friday, apparently from a moving vehicle. The swastikas were painted on the street-side of the vehicles, said Chaim Deutsch, president of the Flatbush Shomrim Volunteer Security Patrol. That, he said, indicated that the vandals were likely riding in a car.

Two Nabbed In Queens Graffiti Threat

06/02/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Two 20-year-old Queens men were charged last week with scrawling "Kill All Jews on July 14" around a Fresh Meadows block. James Connolly said in a statement to police that he took a marker from another man and wrote the message on one car. Also charged was Anthony Larosa, who has a prior record for graffiti and criminal mischief. Both men live in the vicinity of 164th Street and Jewel Avenue, where cars, bus shelters and a mailbox were defaced with slogans and swastikas.

Holidays Bring Spike In Bias Crimes

10/09/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Vandals in Brooklyn and Queens greeted the Jewish New Year with slashed tires and swastikas in what appeared to be a wave of bias crimes. Some 35 cars in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, were vandalized on Yom Kippur, while swastikas were painted the previous night at the Queens Jewish Center in Forest Hills and the Reform Temple of Forest Hills. On Tuesday, swastikas were also etched in chalk in front of homes in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn. Last month, Jewish residents of Staten Island reported that eggs were tossed at them on the way to synagogue.

More Vandalism Strikes Brooklyn

01/30/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
A day after hundreds of people crowded into an auditorium at the Kings Bay Y in Brooklyn last week to unite against hate, 11 cars on the streets of nearby Midwood were painted with swastikas. The Sabbath vandalism was the latest in a series of hate crimes in southern Brooklyn that has kept detectives busy and concerned elected officials and civic leaders. But the spree has also produced a united front against bigotry from ethnic communities that peacefully coexist in the area.

West Side Shul Hit With Swastika

12/23/2004 - 19:00
Staff Writer
A vandal painted a two-foot high, black swastika on the outside of Shaare Tzedek, a Conservative congregation on the Upper West Side last weekend. The police department’s Bias Crime Unit was investigating the incident, according to the shul and the Anti-Defamation League. The vandalism was noticed around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, and took place sometime after the building closed at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday night. “People are always shocked when this kind of thing happens, and kind of scared,” said Lolita Pogrebitskaya, the shul’s office manager.

Vandals Strike In Queens

03/17/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Vandals painted anti-Semitic graffiti on the side of a yeshiva and a Hatzolah ambulance in Belle Harbor, Queens, last weekend. The words “Heil Hitler” were discovered Saturday morning on the side of the Merkaz Hatorah yeshiva on Beach 129th Street, and a swastika and “death to the Jews” was discovered on the ambulance later that day. “The irony and ugliness of such graffiti on a volunteer ambulance is stunning,” said Joel Levy, New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.

The Writing On The Wall

11/19/2007 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

What do Israel’s left-wingers and right-wingers, religious zealots and punk rockers, sports fans and cynics have in common?

All of them apparently feel quite comfortable strolling up to a wall in a public place with a can of spray paint and leaving behind their sometimes quite elaborate messages.

Three Teens Nabbed In Synagogue Fire

05/03/2001 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Authorities say it was vandalism and not anti-Semitism that led three teens to allegedly set fire to the permanent walls of a sukkah in the rear of a Washington Heights synagogue, but the congregation’s president would like to hear an apology from the youths. “I don’t know how to read the motivation of these boys,” said Erich Erlbach of Congregation K’hal Adath Jeshurun, at 85-93 Bennett Ave., which is also known as the Breuer Shul. “People were concerned. Many feel it’s a bias crime, others don’t.”

A Fire Next Time

05/08/2003 - 20:00
Associate Editor
Khaled J., leaning against a wall in the gloomy light of the Bronx County Courthouse, says he has nothing against Jews. ìI used to work for Jews, at Main Event,î a kosher pizza place in Riverdale. ìI made your falafel, your kosher pizza. We never had trouble. That was before.î Before this war started in the fall of 2000. ìMy nephew, heís on trial for who he is.î
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