Eleven mezuzahs were set afire in a residential building in Brooklyn in an incident that New York City police are treating as a hate crime.
A police source said investigators were reviewing surveillance video from the building to identify any suspicious activity.
The vandalism occurred Monday afternoon -- the day Israel observed Holocaust Remembrance Day -- in public housing located in the predominantly haredi Orthodox section of Williamsburg.
No suspects have been apprehended in the crime.
“The NYPD’s Hate Crime Unit is treating the incidents as bias crime, and the investigation is ongoing,” said Paul Browne,the department’s deputy commissioner for public information.
In a statement, Etzion Neuer, acting New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said the vandalism “is a blatant act of anti-Semitism with a clear attempt to instill fear and intimidate the victims in their homes. It is particularly disturbing that this horrific act of hate occurred on Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time in which we remember the heinous acts committed against the Jewish people.”
Elected officials decried the vandalism at a press conference outside the building Tuesday.
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