April 1, 2020

‘Jew Park’ Sign Found Outside Massachusetts Bagel Shop

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

The owner of a bagel shop in Dartmouth, Mass., found a sign outside his shop that read “A Jew Park” on the morning of Jan. 15.

The Standard-Times reported that the sign was originally a parking sign for the nearby A & A Jewelers store but was cut in half so it reads as “A Jew Park.” The sign was taped to a lamppost in front of New York Bagel.

The owner, Steven Ginsberg, told WLNE-TV, “The way the sign was done, it almost looked like someone cut it with an X-acto knife. It wasn’t like the wind broke it. The wind couldn’t have pushed it over to my parking lot, stood it up on the light post and taped it to the light post.”

Ginsberg, who is Jewish, shared a photo of the sign on his Facebook page and wrote, “I have lived in this area for over 30 years and am saddened and disgusted that this type of anti-Semitic behavior is still part of our everyday life. Please join me in expunging all the hate people have for different races, religions, and other ethnic cultural groups.”

To all my friends out there and all my loyal customers of New York Bagel, I am saddened to report an incident that…

Posted by Steven Ginsberg on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The police are investigating the matter as a possible hate crime.

Anti-Defamation League New England Associate Regional Director Melissa Kraus said in a statement to the Journal, “We are disturbed to learn of a reported incident in Dartmouth, MA, which appears to be an anti-Semitic message targeting a Jewish-owned business. We are grateful to law enforcement for treating this incident with the seriousness it deserves. We want the community to know that ADL New England stands with them and is available as a resource.”