Officals denounce recent hate crimes
by Jacob Henry
Feb 24, 2021 | 1882 views | 0 0 comments | 174 174 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PHOTO: WALTER KARLING
PHOTO: WALTER KARLING
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A swastika was found on a sign at the Rego Park Jewish Center.
A swastika was found on a sign at the Rego Park Jewish Center.
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PHOTO: WALTER KARLING
PHOTO: WALTER KARLING
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The NYPD released this photo of the suspect.
The NYPD released this photo of the suspect.
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PHOTO: WALTER KARLING
PHOTO: WALTER KARLING
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Elected officials and community-based organizations from across Queens gathered on the steps of Borough Hall on Monday to denounce the troubling rise in bias crimes in the borough. In Queens alone over the past week, a woman was shoved to the ground and injured in Flushing by a man allegedly shouting racial slurs, a swastika was discovered painted on a sign outside the Rego Park Jewish Center, and a woman in Astoria was accosted by a man allegedly using anti-Asian rhetoric. “Racism and anti-Semitism are never acceptable, especially here in The World’s Borough, where we take pride in our great diversity,” said Borough President Donovan Richards.

SWASTIKA SCRAWLED ON JEWISH CENTER

A swastika was found on the Rego Park Jewish Center, an area with many Holocaust survivors.

Community activist Avi Cyperstein posted a video on Wednesday showing the graffiti on the side of the building.

“There is no room for hate whatsoever in our community, especially now,” he said. “We need to be unified, to come together.”

He added there is video evidence, and the 112th Precinct and NYPD Hate Crime Unit is investigating the incident.

“We have the perp on video,” Cyperstein said.

This comes after anti-Semitic graffiti was found painted on a Forest Hills home a few weeks ago.

“This is unacceptable and this cannot go on in our community any longer,” Cyperstein said.

This comes after anti-Semitic graffiti was found painted on a nearby Forest Hills home a few weeks ago.

“This is unacceptable and this cannot go on in our community any longer,” Cyperstein said.

The most recent swastika is currently being investigated by the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit.

Borough President Donovarn Richards called the acts “disgusting,” and remarked that there has been an uptick in both anti-Asian and anti-Semitic hate crimes in the borough.

“Racism and anti-Semitism are never acceptable, especially here in The World’s Borough where we take pride in our great diversity,” he said.

Richards added that the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force should focus on a “coordinated approach” on these issues.

“Queens residents should also be vigilant in reporting and speaking out against such acts of hatred and in showing support for our neighbors when they are attacked,” Richards said. “None of us should ever be made to feel unsafe or unwelcome in our own community."

Congresswoman Grace Meng, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz released a joint statement denouncing the hateful graffiti.

“There is absolutely no room for this kind of hatred in our community,” the statement said. “We have consulted with the NYPD, and are confident that the perpetrator behind this cowardly offense will be found and face justice.”

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