New York, Paris, Amsterdam – Anti-Semitic hate crimes on the rise

New York

❌ Dozens of swastikas and pro-Nazi slurs were spray-painted at a Jewish school play-yard in Rego Park, Queens on Friday.

The anti-Semitic graffiti, which included the words “Heil Hitler,” was found early Friday morning in the Rego Park neighborhood in the borough of Queens.

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School staff rushed to the scene to clean it and New York Police forces arrived on the scene to investigate the hate crime.

The NYPD says that the investigation is ongoing.

❌ A window of a Brooklyn synagogue was smashed last Sabbath while the rabbi and his family, including young children, were inside.

A large plate glass window was shattered in front of Chabad of Bushwick on Flushing Avenue, Rabbi Menachem Heller said.

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Heller said his family, including nine children, stays at the center on the Sabbath.

They saw two people walking away from the scene.

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Amsterdam

❌  Swastikas and antisemitic graffiti were discovered on a Holocaust memorial and buildings in Amsterdam Friday morning.

A statue in Amsterdam that commemorates a general strike in 1941 to protest the rounding up of Jews by Nazi occupiers of the city during World War II was vandalized with green and yellow paint — the colors of the ADO soccer team.

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The graffiti was discovered ahead of Sunday’s match between ADO and Ajax in The Hague. It’s suspected the vandalism was carried out by ADO fans.

ADO director Mattijs Manders issued a statement condemning the incident: “We as a club strongly reject these incomprehensible acts. It is disrespectful and sad,” he said.

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Paris 

❌  A swastika and the inscriptions “dirty Jew ” (sale juif) and “outside” (dehors) were discovered Thursday morning on the facades of buildings and street furniture in the fourteenth arrondissement of Paris, the day after announcements by Emmanuel Macron to fight against anti-Jewish “hate”.

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According to the security assistant of the fourteenth city hall, Cédric Grunenwald, ”  around a dozen  “antisemitic tags were counted”  in several streets of the district Plaisance  “in the south of the capital.”  We seized the floor and alerted the police station of the fourteenth, in charge of investigative work to find the author or authors,  ” he said. The town hall was alerted Thursday morning by residents.

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Fifty yards away, “death Dirty Jew“ was written on a facade, while nearby, on the bench of a bus shelter was inscribed “Dirty Jew” with a swastika drawn Upside down. And on the facade of a building, a “dirty Jew” tag was written next to the professional plaque of a doctor.

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❌  Vandals scrawled anti-Jewish graffiti on a monument in a cemetery in the French village of Champagne-au-Mont-d’Or on Wednesday, local officials said.

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Two swastikas were drawn upside down in red with the inscription, “Shoa blabla”. Another swastika was accompanied by the phrase, “Passkon a pa le shoa,” a denial of the Holocaust.

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Local newspaper Le Progres said that the monument was near a Catholic cemetery and that a Jewish part of the burial site was not vandalized.

❌  A French TV channel said on Wednesday it had been forced to cut short a live Facebook broadcast from a desecrated Jewish cemetery in eastern France because of an onslaught of antisemitic commentary.

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France 3 said it went live from the cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim on Tuesday as President Emmanuel Macron was visiting to pay his respects after more than 90 graves were vandalized with swastikas and antisemitic abuse.

But as it broadcast footage online to its more than 1.3 million Facebook followers, the feed was inundated with antisemitic commentary and abuse.

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‘dirty Jew’ or ‘dirty Jews,’ comments that were addressed at Emmanuel Macron and representatives of the Jewish community,” the channel said in a statement explaining its decision.

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“Within minutes, the number of vile and illegal comments had gone well beyond our capacity to moderate them,” it explained, adding that it would have taken 10 or 20 staff to handle the onslaught. “We refuse to traffic in hatred.”