Barely a week after anti-semitic vandalism hit Midwood on the anniversary of the end of Kristallnacht, it seems there has been yet another vandalism incident in Brooklyn. An Avenue J subway sign in Midwood was found vandalized earlier today with the words "Avenue Jew," according to local Assemblyman Dov Hikind. Transit Police have since removed the sign and are investigating this incident as a bias crime. Hopefully this wasn't someone misguided attempt at Avenue Q humor:
"Education and vigilance are our only weapons in fighting against this blatant hatred," Assemblyman Hikind told ABC News. "We must send a message to those who perpetrate these vile acts that we will not tolerate their behavior. These cowards need to know that we will find them wherever they lurk, and when we do, we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law."
Hikind was on the scene last Friday when vandals torched three cars, attempted to burn another, and scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on nearby benches and vans in the heavily Orthodox Jewish section of Ocean Parkway in Midwood. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force, along with 66th NYPD Police Precinct, are currently investigating that vandalism as a hate crime.