By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Police are looking for a vandal who wrote anti-Semitic graffiti on a Borough Park building that houses the offices of Community Board 12 over the weekend. The suspect used a black marker to write the words “Jewish pigs” on the door of the board’s offices at 5910 13th Ave., according to police, who said the hate-filled words were discovered by a worker Monday morning. The board offices were closed from Friday afternoon until Monday morning.
The New York Police Department is investigating the graffiti vandalism as a possible hate crime.
Hamodia, a national newspaper covering the Jewish community, reported that a security camera captured the image of a woman writing the graffiti at around 1:30 a.m. on Monday. The newspaper also quoted Board 12 Chairman Yidel Perlstein as saying that he believed the suspect deliberately targeted the community board office. Both Perlstein and the board’s district manager, Wolf Sender, are Orthodox Jews.
Community Board 12 represents a largely Jewish area of Brooklyn, including the neighborhood of Borough Park, where large numbers of Holocaust survivors live.
Councilman David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Bensonhurst) announced that he is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandal responsible for the “hateful graffiti” found on the board's door.
“Once again our community finds itself targeted by a cowardly individual who thinks nothing of spreading vile, hateful rhetoric against the Jewish community,” Greenfield said, expressing his disgust with the crime.
“My thanks to the 66th Precinct and the entire NYPD for its swift and serious response to this latest incident of hate in Brooklyn. I am confident that the person responsible for this shocking assault on our community will be apprehended and held responsible for their disgusting actions. I hope that this reward motivates anyone with information to come forward and help bring this person to justice as soon as possible,” Greenfield said.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio also expressed his outrage at the incident. On his official Twitter account, de Blasio wrote, “We won't tolerate hatred in our communities.”
Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS.