Swastikas discovered on property in New York

Swastikas, vulgar graffiti discovered on vehicles and homes in suburb of Buffalo.

Ido Ben Porat,

Swastika graffiti (illustration)
Swastika graffiti (illustration)

Swastikas and vulgar graffiti were discovered on Saturday on vehicles and homes in Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo, New York.

The Buffalo News reported that about a dozen residents of the town found their vehicles and property defaced with spray-painted swastikas and vulgar graffiti Saturday morning, and local police said reports had been coming in throughout the day.

The vandals also wrote racial slurs and Nazi symbols on playground equipment at South Davis Elementary School.

A railroad bridge in the village also was painted with similar symbols overnight, a local police spokesman said, and two other railroad bridges outside the village had been marked in the past few days.

Police have no information about what may have provoked the vandals.

Police believe the culprits struck in the middle of the night and are checking public and private surveillance cameras in the area that may have captured some of the activity, according to The Buffalo News. Investigators believe more than one person was involved and they have some leads they are following.

While the motive for the vandalism is not yet clear, a wave of anti-Semitism has hit the United States in recent months.

This week, more than 100 headstones were damaged in an attack on a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis.

The vandalism at the cemetery was reported just hours after at least 10 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats for the fourth time in five weeks.