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.
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.
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."
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.