Officials in Rockland County, New York, have launched an investigation after anti-Semitic graffiti, apparently aimed at would-be home buyers, was painted on a house.
Someone seems to be concerned about who might be moving into the vandalized house on Woodbridge Road in Haverstraw that is vacant and for sale, according to CBS2’s Lou Young.
“On the wall was spray painted in large lettering, ‘No Jews,’” said home inspector Baruch Weiner.
According to reports, the vandal(s) came from the wooded area in the backyard, spray painted graffiti on the back of the house, broke a window and entered through the basement.
“It’s despicable. I don’t want that, especially next door,” said neighbor Jim Randt. “In all of North Rockland, they’re worried about what’s going on with the culture group coming in.”
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in south Rockland County have faced issues involving underfunded public education and building and fire inspections. Weiner was inspecting the home Tuesday when he found the graffiti.
“It was probably done by a young kid who didn’t think about what he’s doing,” he said.
Haverstraw town supervisor and head of Rockland’s United Jewish Federation, Howard Phillips, had a different perspective.
“Hate speech is hate speech. And if it’s aimed at one population today, it’ll be aimed at another population tomorrow,” Phillips said. “Here we are on Memorial Day weekend and we’re talking about somebody who is really discriminating against a race, when we had a whole generation of men that went out and fought a war against this type of fascist attitude.”
A statement released by the Anti-Defamation League read, “We condemn this brazen anti-Semitic crime in Rockland County which was designed to send a message of fear and intimidation not just to the victim, but also to the broader community.”
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