N.Y. youths charged with hate crimes

A large ultra-Orthodox community in New York State suffered a number of apparent anti-Semitic attacks on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Three youths were charged with hate crimes after allegedly throwing stones on Monday night at Jews in Monsey, an ultra-Orthodox enclave in Rockland County, just north of New York City. A fourth youth was charged as a juvenile.

Witnesses said the youths also verbally threatened the Jews and waved a baseball bat.

It was not clear if the youths knew the significance of the date, a police spokesman said.

Elsewhere in the country, public parks were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti. In one case, local media reported, vandals spray-painted “Jews” with a line through the word on a number of park benches.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called the incidents “reprehensible.”

“We cannot tolerate harassment and violence motivated by bigotry and hatred in our society,” she said in a statement.