March 28, 2020

Swastika Graffiti Found Outside NYC Resident’s Apartment

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Graffiti featuring a swastika and anti-Semitic slurs were discovered outside a Manhattan resident’s apartment on Jan. 27.

The resident, Brandi Goldstein, told NBC New York that the words “F— Jews” were written twice in addition to the words “F— you” and a deformed swastika in the stairwell right outside of her apartment. Most of the residents in the building are Jewish.

“I am horrified,” said Goldstein, who lost members of her family during the Holocaust. “I’m scared not only for me having it right outside my door, but for the children that live here. This should not be swept under any floor or any rugs. Everybody needs to see this.”

The New York City Police Department tweeted that it is investigating the matter.

Anti-Defamation League New York/New Jersey tweeted, “Sickening display of anti-Semitic graffiti, [especially] so close to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of #Auschwitz. We continue to honor the memory of those we lost & the lives of the survivors by speaking up against #antisemitism every day.”

Attorney General Bill Barr met with New York City Jewish community leaders on Jan. 28 in Boro Park, where he announced that the Department of Justice will increase prosecutions of local anti-Semitic hate crimes as part of a “zero tolerance” policy.

“We will move aggressively when we see this type of activity,” Barr said.