Anti-Semitic Graffiti on Community Board Building


Graffiti offensive to Jews was spray painted on the outside of the community board office servicing the heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Boro Park overnight Sunday, a board officer confirmed.

Community Board 12 Chairman Yidel Perlstein told Hamodia that a woman could be clearly seen by the office’s surveillance camera approaching the door at about 1:00 a.m. Sunday night.

From the looks of the midnight intruder, Mr. Perlstein said, it was not a plain night prowler.

“This was not a coincidence. She came, looked through the whole block, takes out a marker, writes one [message] on the door, one on the side,” Mr. Perlstein said. “She came to deliver a message.”

The graffiti was not discovered until an employee opened the office on Monday morning.

The NYPD said it is investigating the incident as an apparent
hate crime.

Councilman David Greenfield offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the scrawling on the front door of the district office, located on 13th Avenue.

Brooklyn South Police Chief Owen Monaghan came to the office Monday to show his support for the investigation, and elected officials condemned the hate memo.

“Once again our community finds itself targeted by a cowardly individual who thinks nothing of spreading vile, hateful rhetoric against the Jewish community,” Greenfield, a Democrat representing the district, said in a statement announcing the reward.

“Nothing but hatred can explain why someone would scrawl this kind of message against the Jewish community,” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

Anyone with information is requested to call the NYPD confidential tips line, 1-800-577-TIPS.