Anti-Semitic Graffiti Appears in Crown Heights Alley

By Rachel Holliday Smith on May 18, 2014 12:46pm 

 Two swastikas and an anti-Semitic message appeared on a wall in black spray paint Saturday in an alley off of Schenectady Avenue between Carroll and Crown streets.
Two swastikas and an anti-Semitic message appeared on a wall in black spray paint Saturday in an alley off of Schenectady Avenue between Carroll and Crown streets.
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Mordechai Lightstone/@mottel

CROWN HEIGHTS — Graffiti depicting two swastikas and anti-Semitic writing appeared on an alley wall just off Schenectady Avenue in Crown Heights this weekend, according to photos taken Saturday evening by a resident in the area.

The message, which appeared on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer, is written in what appears to be black spray paint covering a wall of a garage in the walkway between Carroll and Crown streets.

Rabbi Mordechai Lightstone, a staff member of the Chabad Lubavitch Headquarters, took photos of the graffiti Saturday night, but said he first saw it earlier in the day as he walked home from synagogue.

“People, Jews and non-Jews alike, seemed pretty disgusted” when they saw it, he said in an email, adding that the message is “truly a shame.”

Lightstone said the garage on which the message is written appears to be used by the Hatzolah ambulance service. Public records show the building is owned by Congregation K’Hal Anash Lubaw. Both the ambulance service and the congregation could not immediately be reached for comment.

The police department did not immediately respond to inquiries about the graffiti Saturday night.

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