swastikas

Can The Swastika Be Rehabilitated?

What do you do if you see someone wearing a swastika?

Do you confront the offender? Inquire why the person is displaying the hated sign of the regime that perpetrated the Holocaust? Educate? Walk away?

The decision is harder if the person in question obviously means no harm and is apparently oblivious to the Swastika’s emotional impact on Jews, if not on anyone who grew up in the era of World War II or has some historical consciousness.

I faced this dilemma a few weeks ago.

Message from the Raelians.

Brazen Borough Park Swastika Vandals Caught On Tape

06/15/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

 The vandals who sprayed six swastikas on buildings in the heart of Borough Park early Friday at one point looked straight into a surveillance camera as they did their work, authorities said.

The vandalism took place about 3 AM and was caught by a grocery store camera on 16th Avenue. The affected buildings included a shul, a public school, a mikvah and several stores. A van was also vandalized. The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.

Hikind Slams Manhattan DA Over Hate Suspect's Bail

01/19/2012

Two judges and the Manhattan district attorney were too soft on a man suspected of anti-Semitic hate crimes, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said on Thursday.

David Haddad was released on his own recognizance by Kings County Criminal Court Judge Linda Poust-Lopez, while New York State Acting Supreme Court Judge Abraham Clott in Manhattan set bail at $2,500, which Hikind called " nothing short of shocking. Manhattan DA Cy Vance requested a bail of only $5,000. New Yorkers deserve an explanation."

A Rash Of Swastikas, With Question Marks

Too soon to say if it’s a hate wave, says JCRC, as cops probe motives.

01/17/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

The reports of swastika incidents and other crimes lately seem to appear so fast that it’s hard to keep track of them. But in some cases, the episodes may have an awkward, if not bizarre, explanation.

Police on Monday arrested a Jewish man from Manhattan for making anti-Semitic phone calls to his mother and other women, and he is also suspected of painting anti-Semitic graffiti.

Painting of swastikas in Midwood.

Jewish Man Arrested For Swastikas, Harassment

01/17/2012

A Jewish man from Manhattan was arrested for making anti-Semitic phone calls to his mother and other women, and is suspected of painting anti-Semitic graffiti in Brooklyn.

David Haddad, 56, was arrested Sunday for making anti-Semitic phone calls including a Dec. 11  call to his mother in which he said “All Jews should die and go to hell.”

He is also suspected of paining swastikas on apartment doors earlier this month, as well as a graffiti attack in the Midwood neighborhood over the weekend.

Swastikas In Midwood; City Island Shul Burglarized

01/16/2012

Vandals painted swastikas on the garage of a Jewish-owned house on East 5th Street in Midwood last weekend as well as on an apartment building across the street. The words "Die Jews" were also painted on the garage. A building of the Yeshiva of Brooklyn was also vandalized.

The Swastika Dance

If you work in Jewish journalism long enough, certain stories begin to look like Mad Libs: Blocks of fixed text in which only the particulars are rearranged.

Examples: ______ calls for the release of Jonathan Pollard.   ________'s remarks about Hitler cause an uproar.

The Swastika Dance

If you work in Jewish journalism long enough, certain stories begin to look like Mad Libs: Blocks of fixed text in which only the particulars are rearranged.

Examples: ______ calls for the release of Jonathan Pollard.   ________'s remarks about Hitler cause an uproar.

 _________'s  proposed budget cuts are a disaster for Jewish social service agencies. Mayor/Gov./Sen. _______ (or all of the above) to visit Israel as election nears. 

Swastikas Painted At Shul And Two Libraries In Queens

11/06/2011

(JTA) -- Swastikas were painted on two public libraries and a synagogue in Queens.

The vandalism, which occurred on the night of Nov. 3, targeted the East Elmhurst Library, the Jackson Heights Library and Congregation Tifereth Israel in Corona.

The swastikas were removed from the libraries and covered up at the synagogue by the next afternoon. Police are reported to be investigating the vandalism as hate crimes.

On Nov. 4, elected officials held a rally against hate and bias crimes at one of the vandalized libraries.

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