Anti-Semitic graffiti has marred a section of the Harlem River Drive in Manhattan in recent weeks — drawing swift condemnation from elected officials and candidates.
Julie Menin, the Democratic City Council nominee for District 5, which covers the area, tweeted a photo Sunday of the graffiti seen near East 135th Street, including the word “Nazi,” a swastika in the center of the Star of David, and “No More Killings” and “No More Settlements” — a reference to the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip.
“A family member driving southbound on FDR near 135th just sent this,” she wrote. “This is totally unacceptable + must be immediately removed + condemned. My grandfather was killed in the Holocaust. There is no place for anti-Semitism.”
It’s unclear when the hateful messages first appeared.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer re-tweeted Menin’s post.
“It’s completely abhorrent that this happened,” she wrote. “I have followed up with DOT and they will be removing this hateful graffiti.”
Governor Kathy Hochul also decried the images.
“I am sickened that hateful, anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted along the FDR Drive, and I am directing the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to offer the NYPD whatever assistance they need in the investigation of this vandalism,” Hochul said in a statement.
“I want our Jewish neighbors to know that we have zero tolerance for these repugnant acts of hate that are meant to instill fear in our communities. Anti-Semitism in any form is not welcome in our state. We will always stand with the Jewish community.”
The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force said in a tweet that detectives “have been investigating multiple incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism, including the drawing of swastikas, along the FDR Drive, in the vicinity of 125th St.”
They urged the people to call 911 if they catch the vandal or vandals in the act, or to contact 1-800-577-TIPS with any info.
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