Brooklyn, NY – Outrage After Anti-semitic Arsonists Hit Flatbush Community (video)


    Arsonists Hit Flatbush Community burned a few cars, with anti-Semitic remarks. Photo: Shimon GifterBrooklyn, NY – Residents of Ocean Parkway between Avenues I and J woke up this morning to discover that three cars were burned by arsonists. A fourth car had fire damage, and a fifth was scrawled in hateful graffiti. Nearby, there was more vandalism depicting swastikas and the letters “KKK.” The 66th NYPD Police Precinct is investigating along with the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force. Councilman Greenfield spoke with Inspector John Sprague earlier this morning, who assured the Councilman that every resource was being utilized to catch those responsible for this anti-Semitic attack.

    Councilman David Greenfield offered a $1000 reward this morning for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shocking incident of anti-Semitic arson on Ocean Parkway this morning.

    “We will not accept anti-Semitism in our community. There is zero tolerance for such acts of hatred and ignorance,” said Councilman Greenfield. “I’m confident that these hateful people will be caught and punished to the full extent of the law.”

    NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind who lives a few blocks from the incident, told VIN News from the scene, “This incident is beyond anything of similar Anti-semetic graffiti I have seen”, “this is an upgrade to a crime where you have vehicles burned”..

    Hikind appealed to the public to come forward if they saw anything “This area is a major route where many pedestrians and cars pass-by, someone had to see something” Hikind said.

    Councilman Greenfield and Assemblyman Hikind are encouraging residents with information that could lead to an arrest to call the NYPD tips line at 1 (800) 577-TIPS.


    “The burning of cars and vandalism of benches in Midwood this morning represents a truly hateful act of prejudice. That it took place on the anniversary of Kristallnacht leaves no doubt that this attack is a hate crime in every sense, and I applaud the NYPD for investigating it as such. I stand with the Jewish community in condemning this anti-Semitic act, and urge anyone with information regarding the perpetrators to immediately call CrimeStoppers at 800-577-TIPS.”

    Statement by Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer

    I condemn this morning’s burning of cars and vandalism of benches in Midwood as a hate crime of the first order, an act that has no place in our society or any other. This despicable action was clearly taken to coincide with the anniversary of Kristallnacht, and its anti-Semitic message is unmistakable. But it was not just an act of violence against the Jewish community; it was an assault on human decency. I call on all New Yorkers to join with me in denouncing such hateful behavior, and urge anyone who has knowledge of the perpetrators to contact the New York Police Department immediately.

    Congressman Turner released the following statement condemning the recent acts of hate that took place last night in Brooklyn, New York.

    “I have been a member of this community my entire life and know that it is one of tolerance and understanding; A community that prides itself on its rich Jewish history and interfaith cooperation. New York is a tremendous melting pot of people of all races and faiths and we are proud of that tradition. It is difficult to believe that there are still people out there who wish to spread a message of ignorance and hatred.

    “These anti-Semitic acts of vandalism and arson are appalling and unacceptable. We cannot allow acts like this to take place in our communities. The individuals who did this should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”


    “The heinous crimes committed in Midwood are the one of the worst examples of acts of hate because they involve the indiscriminate destruction of personal propery and messages so vile that they disparage more than one group of residents in our diverse borough. Everyday Brooklynites and New Yorkers live in peace and in celebration of the diversity which defines our lives and values, and these incidents do nothing but seek to divide and demean. The message to others who commit such deplorable acts of bigotry must be that we have zero tolerance for such actions and that they will be prosecuted to the maximum allowable punishment under the law.”

    New York City Comptroller John C. Liu issued the following statement regarding the anti-Semitic vandalism that occurred in Midwood:
    “The acts of hatred that occurred in Midwood are reprehensible. Just last week, communities in Queens were defaced with swastikas in another act of bigotry, and today the Jewish community is confronted with signs that ignorance and intolerance have not fully disappeared from our society. The NYPD should be commended for moving swiftly to categorize this as a hate crime and anyone who has information on who committed these heinous acts should contact the authorities immediately.”

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    11 years ago

    Hatred yes


    11 years ago

    Disgusting! >[:-P

    What is happening to this country?!?! Everyone calling everyone else “vermin”, “Parasites”, denigrating the poor, being stingy with the sick… and now religious people are under attack like never before! Especially the Jewish community it seems! Things are getting much worse!

    Please know that you all are in my family’s thoughts & prayers continuously! I know that we might all have our disagreements from time to time over politics, etc., but deep down, the most important thing is our shared love for G-d, and His Torah. We must all watch out for one another, and keep raising our kids to do what’s right & to learn to put one another first as well… so that we can continue to build a generation of decent folks who truly care about each other! It’s the only way we’ll be able to combat the forces of evil in this world, that want to destroy, divide & persecute decent, righteous people.

    May HaShem continue to watch over His children always & take care everyone!

    11 years ago

    jews wake up and smell the coffee time to get ready to leave america. at least everyone should have a passport so they could leave in time of need.

    11 years ago

    These culprits probably from a surrounding gentile neighborhood will be apprehended in short order. Virtually every house on that block has full coverage perimeter closed circuit video cameras which the NYPD are no doubt reviewing.

    11 years ago

    Kristallnacht, also referred to as the Night of Broken Glass, and also Reichskristallnacht, Pogromnacht, and Novemberpogrome, was a pogrom or series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on 9–10 November 1938.[1]

    Jewish homes were ransacked, as were shops, towns and villages, as SA stormtroopers and civilians destroyed buildings with sledgehammers.[2] Around 1,668 synagogues were ransacked, and 267 set on fire. In Vienna alone 95 synagogues or houses of prayer were destroyed.[3]

    Martin Gilbert writes that no event in the history of German Jews between 1933 and 1945 was so widely reported as it was happening, and the accounts from the foreign journalists working in Germany sent shock waves around the world.[2] The Times wrote at the time: “No foreign propagandist bent upon blackening Germany before the world could outdo the tale of burnings and beatings, of blackguardly assaults on defenceless and innocent people, which disgraced that country yesterday.”[4]

    The trigger of the attacks was the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a German-born Polish Jew in Paris, France. Kristallnacht was followed by further

    11 years ago

    I think they just remind us about ”kristal night” i Germany , which anniversary was just Yesterday .

    11 years ago

    Kristallnacht — literally, “Night of Crystal,” is often referred to as the “Night of Broken Glass.” The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938, throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia recently occupied by German troops

    11 years ago

    No one saw cars burning at night on Ocean Parkway? How is it that people woke up to this and didn’t know it was happening while it happened?

    11 years ago

    I Remember about 25 years ago when a shul and rabbis house in Connecticut were firebombed and everyone started screaming anti semetism. It turned out that the firebomber was a deranged Yeshiva Bochur on leave from a mental hospital. So maybe it is wise not to jump to conclusions.

    11 years ago

    Hatzneia Lechet Im Hashem Elokecha. The cars burnt were Jaguars and BMW’s. As a ‘community’ member, and *guilty* of owning a luxuy car myself, we must work on our modesty – and not just mode of dress…

    11 years ago

    I bet the people responsible for this heinous act support Occupy Wall Street. This is something that you would expect to see in Germany or in the Ghetto but not in the heart of Brooklyn. Disgusting

    11 years ago

    very scary, we aint seen nothin yet , and I hope I am wrong

    11 years ago

    horriffic!!!! this is the way it started in 1939, this a clear and present danger for all jews, please wake up now!!!!!

    11 years ago

    What a vile anti-semetic person you are.

    No. I’m not going anywhere. How about you get YOUR anonymous behind out of America.

    11 years ago

    i see that this is the block by the cemetary. these cars are usually parked by pp from the apartment buildings nearby. I bet none of those cars were owned by a jew

    11 years ago

    Another reminder from the Ribbono Shel Olam that we are in golus. The US is starting to look more and more like Nazi Germany: we see the hatred of the “Occupy” protestors; the anti-Israelism in politics, media, and college campuses; and now these hate crimes. Yidden make up 72% of hate crime victims in the USA. Esau hates Yaakov. It’s time to get out of golus!!!

    11 years ago

    horrific!!! its creeping up on us the way it did in 1939,

    11 years ago

    How did the Klozeburge Ruv zt”l say? “S’ken geshehn in America oichet”

    11 years ago

    Walmart has a big sale on Luggage now…Time to pack up and leave to Mars or Jupiter ..Where else are we gonna run and call it Safe.?

    11 years ago

    Anti-Semetic? Yes. Appalling? Yes.

    But drawing parallels to Nazi Germany after the occasional hate crime (committed by fringe minorities) is a bit over-the-top. Yes, this is a very serious matter, but quit being overly dramatic. These kind of dramatic parallels only serves to downplay the severity of the horrors that took place in Nazi era Germany.

    11 years ago

    Do not compare this to Germany. These were a couple of wild teenagers most likely drunk. The problems in Germany already started in 1933. The problem was the nazis had an army, they were the govt!

    11 years ago

    when the whole economy is hurting us jews dont have to live like royalty
    and cause animosity towards us.

    11 years ago

    Is our Mayor home?

    11 years ago

    Its time for us to wake up anti semitism is on the rise, just like in europe jealousy of Jewish success spawned resentment and “a fringe” lunatic yemach shemam brought a nation against us, we must take this as a wake up call from above, if a leave doesn’t fall from a tree for no reason, what is this telling us, its time for Achdus, Shmiras Halashon, and love for our fellow brethren, also as jews we must show that we maintain respect when dealing with our neighbors, and most of all we can’t hide our heads in the sand like an ostrich, we need to be vigilant prepared and strong as a people, through our prayers and bderech hateva, we need to be cognizant of our surroundings and be prepared to stand up and defend our nation, a thursday night on o.p i and j someone had to have seen something,,,,,not vigilanti-ism,,,,,vigilance…….kudos to the NYPD for their assertive response and our brethren in Shomrim who will no doubt spend endless volunteered hours looking out for our community,,,,,G-D BLESS and Shabbat Shallom

    11 years ago

    i agree with #1 it is time to pack up & go home even the jews in germany didnt believe that the end is near we are in the times of mashiach & soon you wont even have time to get tickets or even beable to get out of this hell hole..get your passports ready yidden ..I am not jocking!!!!

    11 years ago

    When Rabbi Kahana (z’l) and the JDL were around, they used to have patrols, which would protect Jewish neighborhoods, and Shuls. In a number of instances, they would wait for the vandals, and then deal with them. It is too bad that there are no similar Jewish patrols at night in Jewish areas, today. Incidentally, I thought that the area on Ocean Parkway, between Avenue I and Avenue J, was in the 70th Precinct, and not the 66th? For those of you who are causing panic by urging Jews to leave the USA, I say that you are misguided. Unless one lives in a gated community, or has guards with them 24/7, there is no community on the face of the earth, which is safe. In many Latin American communities, there are steel gates and guards in front of many homes. This is not the first time that such incidents of this kind have occurred. In 1959, there were a whole host of swastika smearing and anti-semitic graffiti painted all over the NYC metro area. It was much more widespread at that time.

    11 years ago

    So how come all you New Yorkers don’t push to have your gun rights restored? You can’t even own a handgun in NYC, let alone carry one. Wake up and get your laws changed so you can fight back when they attack you.