Williamsburg officials condemn swastikas
by Benjamin Fang
Feb 22, 2017 | 1037 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local elected officials denounced the drawing of swastikas inside a South Williamsburg building last week.

The swastikas were drawn inside Schaefer Landing at 450 Kent Avenue, which is home to a large Jewish population.

State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Borough President Eric Adams, State Senator Martin Dilan, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Councilman Stephen Levin released a statement condemning the act.

“The swastika represents some of humanity’s darkest history, and has no place in our communities,” they wrote. “For years it incited hatred, and it continues to incite deep pain.”

According to the officials, the 90th Precinct and the Hate Crimes Task Force responded quickly. They urged anyone with information on this incident, as well as other hate crimes, to report to it to the NYPD.

“This reprehensible symbolism – in a largely Jewish community – is simply unacceptable,” they said. “Let us be very clear: the politics of hatred and fear have real consequences locally, nationally and around the world.”

“It is incumbent on the Trump administration to denounce the rise in these acts,” they added. “We stand united with all Brooklynites in saying not in our borough, not in our city and not in our country.”
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