Anti-Semitic vandals went on a rampage in Brooklyn before dawn Friday, burning Jewish-owned cars and scrawling swastikas in a Jewish area.
The latest hate attacks followed by only several hours an announcement by police that they caught one man who was responsible for hate attacks earlier this week on two libraries and a synagogue.
A Jaguar, BMW and Lexus were set n fire on Friday, and “KKK” -- Ku Klux Klan – was written on a red van in addition to hate slogans and swastikas scrawled on benches.
“The violence – I’m calling it violence when you blow up three cars – adds a sickening dimension to this type of anti-Semitism,” said New York state delegate and area resident Dov Hikind.
“We walk down Ocean Parkway every single week” on the way to synagogue,” he told New York media. “All I could think about was my mother sitting on a bench with a swastika scrawled on it. She survived Auschwitz.”
The Midwood area, where the arson took place, and Borough Park, are populated by one of the largest number of Holocaust survivors outside of Israel.
“The fact that this most recent attack came on the heels of the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht may or may not be a coincidence,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said. “The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is actively investigating the twisted person or people who attacked cars, benches, and a sidewalk on a block of Ocean Parkway early this morning.”
Earlier on Friday, police had said they arrested a man who painted swastikas on two libraries, a church and synagogue.