NEW YORK — Shocking messages of hate have been found on property across Far Rockaway, Queens – smeared across a school and synagogue.
As CBS 2’s Emily Smith reported, the words “kill Jews” were scrawled on a fence post at Yeshiva Ateres Shimon, at Mott and Caffrey avenues in Far Rockaway. It left Rabbi Moshe Schreiber almost speechless.
“It hurts us a lot – especially here at this yeshiva where our focus is acceptance,” the rabbi said.
Schreiber brought his 11-year-old daughter, Raquel Schreiber, to see the anti-Semitic message. She has never been exposed to anything like it.
“It’s just hurtful, because we learn at home to respect everyone,” she said.
Moish Glenn lives in Far Rockaway and attends the synagogue. He said someone vandalized the property around 9 a.m. Monday during morning prayer.
“It actually reads ‘kill Jews,’” he said. “In this day and age, for that to be written is beyond belief.”
And this wasn’t the only incident. The same very same words were found scribbled on the aluminum siding exterior wall of house just down the street on Caffrey Avenue sometime Monday morning.
The NYPD confirmed two other incidents, including a car vandalized on Beach 9th Street, and messages of hate on at least two other vehicles.
State Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Queens), said an increased police presence in the area has helped ease newfound fears.
“I hope NYPD will catch the perpetrator right away, and we’ll get this ignorant person off our streets,” Goldfeder said.
But nobody can understand why the threatening hateful messages have appeared in a residential community known for diversity.